"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.
The specifications for USB 3.0 have been released [pdf link], at the first SuperSpeed USB Developer Conference held today. Now at the 1.0 level, the release will mean that OEMs and other developers can begin creating products using the high-speed replacement to USB 2.0; USB 3.0 offers up to ten times the bandwidth of the last-gen version.
The final protocol specification for the new USB 3.0 standard is set to be announced [pdf link] at the first SuperSpeed USB Developer Conference held next Monday. That will then pave the way for companies to begin designing and producing devices that use the high-speed connection, ten times faster than existing USB 2.0 technology and capable of transferring up to 27GB of data in a little over a minute. However Microsoft's upcoming OS, Windows 7, will not ship with native USB 3.0 support.