One of the new technologies that I am most looking forward to is USB 3.0. I have an external hard drive that I back my computer up to and it takes forever over a USB 2.0 connection. With USB 3.0, the deed can be completed much faster. OCZ and Symwave have announced that they have teamed up to create a new USB 3.0 external storage solution.
If you are like me and are tired of backing up loads of data via a pokey USB 2.0 connection, you were really looking forward to USB 3.0. Most all of us expected USB 3.0 to show up on computers late this year or in early 2010 and the USB-IF has been sending out USB 3.0 developer's kits for a while now. Despite support from industry associations and other players in the industry, Intel has reportedly decided to delay USB 3.0 support in its key chipsets until 2011.
One of the things that I hate most about running backups on my computer is that it takes so long to do it. I have lots of files on my machines and my USB drive is too slow. I am really looking forward to USB 3.0 drives and the much higher data speeds that they will offer. My wait is getting near its end and Engadget reports that Buffalo is set to ship the first USB 3.0 external HDD this month.
"SuperSpeed" USB 3.0 isn't expected to make a mark on shipping devices until next year, but that hasn't stopped Active Media from unveiling their latest range of external SSDs. As you might imagine, the Active Media Aviator 312 line each supports USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as offering 16, 32 or 64GB of high-speed storage space.
The first time I heard about wireless USB I was intrigued by the idea of being able to put my printer anywhere in my office without having to worry about a cable reaching. When I heard about USB 3.0, I was more excited because I wouldn't have to wait as long for a backup to my Drobo to complete.
In case you can't read the helpful legends in the image below, you're looking eye-to-port at what promises to be the first motherboard with dual SuperSpeed USB 3.0. The ASUS P6X58 Premium is designed for Intel's Core i7 CPU range, and has six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express 2.0 slots and the usual bevy of USB 2.0 ports and headers; however, ASUS have also thrown in a pair of USB 3.0 ports capable of a theoretical 4.8Gbps transfer rate.
We've been talking about USB 3.0 for awhile now but it seems we finally have something new to report to you on the subject. In fact, this new interface might just be hitting PCs before the year is even through.
Apparently, PC makers in Taiwan will be the first companies to show off the new USB 3.0 tech in consumer computers. The interface is capable of 5GB/s transfer speeds and has been shown off numerous times at tech shows already.
NEC has begun shipping USB 3.0 host controller samples already and will hit full production by September. External storage is the likely first application of this technology. For now, all we can do is wait and see for what develops for the interface by the end of the year.
Apple may have dumped ExpressCard from their new MacBook Pro models, but PCMCIA - the organization behind the expansion card standard - are striding ahead with the official release of ExpressCard Standard 2.0. Transfer speeds are reportedly boosted by up to 10-times compared to ExpressCard 1.2, the existing standard, and there's also support for SuperSpeed USB 3.0.
One week from now, the next-gen USB interface with full promises will make its run at CES 2009. The USB 3.0 version 1 enabled storage will get its first demo after a long 3 years in standardizing the new protocol. The demonstration will come from the Orange County based Symwave, who claimed to have achieved the World's first USB 3.0 or Superspeed USB external storage solution, at CES 2009.
It's not only USB 3.0 that has reached a milestone today; ExpressCard too has notched up another specification, taking it to 2.0. Based on PCI Express 2.0 and USB 3.0 specifications, ExpressCard 2.0 will support data transfers from between two and ten times faster than the current version. That can be used in anything from SATA 2 drive attachment, to ExpressCard flash-memory expansion.