USB 3.0

VIA Labs demos USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable Solution at CES 2012

VIA Labs demos USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable Solution at CES 2012

VIA labs is showing off an interesting new USB 3.0 cabling solution at CES 2012. The cable is a USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable (AOC) solution that allows the user to shoot bandwidth hogging content like HD video and more over long distances using the USB 3.0 port on a computer. The tech is powered by the VIA Labs VO510 5Gb Optical Transceiver.

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Smartphones and Tablets to get USB 3.0 ports by end of 2012

Smartphones and Tablets to get USB 3.0 ports by end of 2012

Compact USB 3.0 ports should arrive on smartphones and tablets by the end of 2012, the organization behind USB standards has insisted, promising significantly reduced data transfer speeds. Expected rates are in the region of 100 MB/s, the USB Implementers Forum told PC World, lower than the raw throughput of the USB 3.0 standard because such speeds would demand simply too much power.

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HP L2311c 23-inch USB 3.0 Notebook Docking Monitor revealed

HP L2311c 23-inch USB 3.0 Notebook Docking Monitor revealed

The HP pre-CES gush wraps up today with a trio of new displays, the HP Compaq L2311c 23-inch Notebook Docking Monitor along with the LV1911 and LV2011 LED Backlit LCD Monitors. Of the three it's the L2311c that's the most interesting, using a single USB connection to add a second display to your laptop along with a USB 3.0 hub, webcam and more.

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Targus outs first USB 3.0 Dual video docking Station

Targus outs first USB 3.0 Dual video docking Station

There are a bunch of notebooks out there today that have at least one USB 3.0 port. If you are using one of those machines, you might want to check out the new docking station from Targus. This universal dock is the first from the company to rock USB 3.0. That means the single USB 3.0 connection has the bandwidth needed for video and more.

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Hitachi GST 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive and Touro Desk External Drive revealed

Hitachi GST 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive and Touro Desk External Drive revealed

The fine folks at Hitachi have revealed a couple of new models in their hard drive line this week, one of which is the 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive retail kit with CoolSpin Technology, the other being the Touro Desk external drive, both of these units available in the first quarter of 2012 at the earliest. In that your hard drive still remains the place where your do everything from watch movies to edit movies to save your everloving homework assignments, the cloud hasn't quite completely taken over the industry for the bulk of us regular citizens. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies brings to you today two drives at right around $400 USD and a massive 4TB of space for fun.

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IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed card readers and 4-port hub announced

IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed card readers and 4-port hub announced

This week IOGEAR has announced three new USB 3.0 devices, each of them with data transfer speeds up to 10 times that of previous generation USB 2.0 devices. What we've got here is a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-point hub, a Multi-Card Reader/Writer, and an SD/Micro SD Card Reader/Writer, each of them available for under $50. What USB 3.0 allows is improved connectivity and efficiency between computers and peripherals that transfer digital content and create and store it as well - 5Gbps speed at the head of the pack.

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Buffalo MiniStation Extreme meets MIL specs

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme meets MIL specs

Buffalo Technology has been making all sorts of external storage devices for a long time that span the range from small and portable to larger solutions designed to be left in the office. The company has new storage product that it has announced today called the MiniStation Extreme. This external storage solution uses fast connectivity and software to get data security and fast transfer rates.

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Buffalo unveils USB 3.0 DriveStation Velocity

Buffalo unveils USB 3.0 DriveStation Velocity

Buffalo Technology has announced a new and cool new external storage solution that will be a nice way to back up lots of digital photos very quickly. Buffalo says that the new DriveStation Velocity will transfer 1,000 digital photos in 6.8 seconds. Inside the desktop external storage solution are an ultra high-speed 7,200rpm desktop HDD and the drive has the TurboPC Ex utility for Windows installed.

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Toshiba cloud-based Canvio 3.0 portable HDD surfaces

Toshiba cloud-based Canvio 3.0 portable HDD surfaces

Almost exactly a year ago today Toshiba unveiled the new USB 3.0 version of the Canvio portable external HDD. Today Toshiba has announced a new version of that HDD that is also packing a USB 3.0 connection and is a cloud-based storage device. The storage device comes in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities.

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VIA VL800 four-port USB 3.0 host controller for PCIe slots surfaces

VIA VL800 four-port USB 3.0 host controller for PCIe slots surfaces

Yesterday I mentioned that VIA had a new USB 3.0 host controller that was on a card made to go inside a USB 3.0 hub. VIA has announced another new USB 3.0 host controller today and this card is designed to go inside your existing computer using a PCIe slot and it gives you four USB 3.0 ports to connect your new high speed peripherals too. The new host controller is called the VL800.

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VIA announces new VL811 USB 3.0 hub controller

VIA announces new VL811 USB 3.0 hub controller

VIA has announced a new USB 3.0 hub controller that is a second gen controller and a single chip solution. The controller supports the higher transfer speeds of USB 3.0 with transfer rates up to 5Gbps. The new controller is called the VL811 and it has a key new feature that is called the Charging Downstream Port or CDP. The CDP is defined in the USB battery charging specification.

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Microsoft promises robust USB 3.0 support in Windows 8 and shows off USB 3.0 demo

Microsoft promises robust USB 3.0 support in Windows 8 and shows off USB 3.0 demo

We all know that support for USB 3.0 on Windows computers today isn't nearly as wide spread as most of us would like. The main reason for this is that there is still no chipsets with USB 3.0 controllers onboard. The maker of the mainboard has to use a third party chipset to enable USB 3.0 support. Microsoft is now promising that Windows 8 will have robust USB 3.0 support.

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