USB 3.0

USB-IF offers USB 3.0 developers kit

USB-IF offers USB 3.0 developers kit

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.

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ASUS P6X58 Premium motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

ASUS P6X58 Premium motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

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.

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Rumor: USB 3.0 to hit PCs soon

Rumor: USB 3.0 to hit PCs soon

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.

Symwave preps first USB 3.0 external storage for CES 2009

Symwave preps first USB 3.0 external storage for CES 2009

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.

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ExpressCard 2.0 specification nears finalization

ExpressCard 2.0 specification nears finalization

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.

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SuperSpeed USB 3.0 finalized at November 17th conference

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 finalized at November 17th conference

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.

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