USB 3.0

Intel to support USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt in 2012

Intel to support USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt in 2012

Yesterday I mentioned that AMD had announced that it was supporting USB 3.0 on its chipsets that would ship this year. That announcement marked the first major microprocessor firm to throw its weight behind USB 3.0. Intel has been pushing ThunderBolt and has maintained that the fast interface is a complement to USB 3.0, not a replacement.

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AMD integrates USB 3.0 support into chipsets

AMD integrates USB 3.0 support into chipsets

USB 3.0 can already be found on a lot of computers in the notebook and desktop market today. All of these computers use a third party controller for the USB 3.0 ports though because neither Intel nor AMD offer native support for the USB 3.0 port in their chipsets. AMD has announced that it will be changing that.

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Asus debuts speedy and cool looking BW-12D1S-U external Blu-ray writer

Asus debuts speedy and cool looking BW-12D1S-U external Blu-ray writer

Asus is well known in the geek world with offerings ranging from computers to tablets and video cards among other things. The company also has a line of accessories and external gear that plugs into the USB port on a computer to add functionality. The latest product for the USB port from Asus is the new BW-12D1S-U external Blu-ray writer and player.

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Apple Dock Connector update patent could enable USB 3.0, DisplayPort, maybe Thunderbolt

Apple Dock Connector update patent could enable USB 3.0, DisplayPort, maybe Thunderbolt

Apple has patented what could well be the next generation of Dock Connector for iOS devices, potentially including functionality like USB 3.0, DisplayPort and even ThunderBolt. The patent, "Reduced size multi-pin male plug connector", describes a connector that is either narrower or thinner, thanks to various combinations of chamfered, rearranged or otherwise tweaked contacts, and which are technically capable of carrying the signals required for the latest breed of high-speed data bus.

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Sunix VGA2788 USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter supports Full HD

Sunix VGA2788 USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter supports Full HD

DisplayLink's USB graphics technology has made adding multiple screens to notebooks straightforward, but there's always a limit on performance thanks to the throughput potential of USB 2.0. Unsurprisingly, then, the latest breed of USB display adapters, such as Sunix's imminent VGA2788, turn to USB 3.0 to allow for Full HD 1080p support.

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ASUS Eee PC 1015B and 1215B AMD Fusion netbooks official

ASUS Eee PC 1015B and 1215B AMD Fusion netbooks official

ASUS has officially confirmed its two new AMD Fusion APU-based netbooks, the 10.1-inch Eee PC 1015B and the 12.1-inch Eee PC 1215B. The 1015B can be spec'd with either AMD's 1.2GHz single-core C30 or 1GHz dual-core C50, along with Radeon HD 6250 graphics, while the 1215B throws the 1.6GHz dual-core E350 into the mixture with a choice of Radeon HD 6310 graphics.

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Plextor Unveils USB 3.0 Ultra Light Portable Hard Drives

Plextor Unveils USB 3.0 Ultra Light Portable Hard Drives

Plextor has announced its newest portable hard drive that is USB 3.0 compatible and also backwards compatible with USB 2.0. The PX-PH500U3 is super light weight at 162 grams--roughly 1/3 of a pound--and comes with 500 GB of storage. The hard drive will come with a USB 3.0 cable and a leatherette case.

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Buffalo adds new USB 3.0 DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad solutions

Buffalo adds new USB 3.0 DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad solutions

Buffalo has unveiled new USB 3.0 storage solutions that have multiple storage drives inside with RAID capability to protect your data from loss. The new devices include the DriveStation Duo and Quad. Both have speedy USB 3.0 connectivity to make backing up lots of data faster. The devices are plug-and play and come pre-formatted and ready to use out of the box.

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Sony VAIO L Series all-in-one wraps touch-bezel around multitouch screen

Sony VAIO L Series all-in-one wraps touch-bezel around multitouch screen

Sony's third VAIO launch of the day is the new VAIO L Series, all-in-one touchscreen desktops packing 24-inch Full HD displays and a new "edge access" system of touch-sensitive shortcuts integrated into the bezel. Packing a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics and a 1920 x 1080 multitouch display, the L Series also hides a Blu-ray drive and both HDMI input and outputs.

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NewerTech offers eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter

NewerTech offers eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter

NewerTech is all about cool adapters that let you easily connect devices to your computer. Back in November, I mentioned a new adapter that the company had unveiled that connected any internal SATA HDD to a USB 3.0 port. NewerTech has now unveiled another new adapter that turns your eSATA external drives into USB 3.0 gear.

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Himax unveils world’s first USB 3.0 pico-projector

Himax unveils world’s first USB 3.0 pico-projector

Himax has announced that it has the world's first USB 3.0 pico-projector (PDF) solution. Sadly, Himax offered no official pics of the thing for us to check out. The new projector has a resolution of 800 x 600 and uses a LCOS microdisplay from Himax Display. The projector gets all the power it needs directly from the USB port of a computer.

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FireWire has shipped 2 billion ports globally

FireWire has shipped 2 billion ports globally

I would bet that most of us are already familiar with the FireWire port. These ports are common on many devices today with both PC and Mac users getting the ports and add in cards available for rigs that lack the port. FireWire is used for all sorts of things from faster data transfers from external storage than USB 2.0 to sending video from cameras directly to the computer.

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