Silicon Power has unveiled a new external portable hard drive called the Armor A80. The new HDD uses a USB 3.0 interface and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well. The HDD is rugged, meets US military standards for drop survivability, and is water resistant to IPX7 standards.
USB 3.0 gear is coming to the market in larger amounts every day. Today if your notebook or mainboard has USB 3.0 ports, you are lucky to get a pair of them. VIA Labs will be showing off a new host controller for USB 3.0 at Computex that can double the number of USB 3.0 ports available.
If you are on a computer that is still working well for your needs, you probably aren't in the market for upgrading to a new machine or mainboard right now. The only downside for lots of folks with older machines that still work well is that the PCs lack USB 3.0 ports to support the new and much faster USB 3.0 storage devices starting to land on the market.
Seagate have announced their third-generation of portable hard-drives, the Seagate GoFlex Storage System, which debuts a system of interchangeable connection adapters that can be used to turn a regular USB 2.0 HDD into a USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 drive. Meanwhile there are a selection of special cables and docks, which can add automatic backup functionality (using Memeo technology), network connectivity, HD media playback or desktop dock convenience.
Of the new netbook models ASUS unveiled at CeBIT last month, the most interesting has to be the Eee PC 1018P. Toting not only Intel's latest Pine Trail Atom N455 and N475 processors, the netbook has Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity along with the promise of 10hrs runtime. TechInStyle.tv have got their hands on the 1018P, and the brushed aluminum chassis certainly doesn't let down the high-spec guts.
ASUS has been on a roll with its high-end motherboards lately, and the new Republic of Gamers Crosshair IV Formula doesn't look to break that pattern. Designed for AMD's processors - including the new Phenom II X6 hexacores - the 'board is the first in the world to pair them with support for dual-channel DDR3 2,000MHz memory; there are also two USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6GB/s and three SATA 3GB/s connectors.
USB 2.0 ports are a pretty common denominator when it comes to your PC or Mac, and so it becomes obvious that we should already be talking about the next logical step in the technology, right? Actually, in this case, we're looking beyond even that, and talking about what Intel sees as the successor to USB 3.0: Light Peak. The upcoming Intel standard was originally meant to bridge other upcoming standards, but according to Kevin Kahn --an Intel senior company fellow--, all of that could change with the implementation of the Light Peak standard.