Notebook users often buy a notebook for the portability it offers. However, in the home or office many of the same users want a larger keyboard and display to make for more comfortable working conditions. Wisair has announced a new wireless dock for Mac users that will be coming soon and will allow the best of both worlds for Apple fans.
The device is called the Wireless USB DisplayDock for Mac. Wisair reports that the dock will be coming from four different OEMs by the end of March. The system allows the user to connect an external LCD, keyboard, mouse, and speakers to the receiver and send video and audio from the transmitter on the notebook.
The device only needs a single USB port on the Mac system. That means you don't have to spend money on the expensive Apple adapters for your notebook to get external video. The device will work with all Mac OS versions and there is no word on pricing.
GIGABYTE has just kindly let us know about a firmware update for the NEC USB 3.0 controller found on many of its latest motherboards. The update is primarily for the purposes of improving USB 3.0 device compatibility.
The new firmware is inclusive of an executable update tool which you simply run from within Windows to have your controller updated to the latest. Please note; this Update Tool is only suited to Windows 7 and Vista.
If you have one of these boards from GIGABYTE, then you have NEC's USB 3.0 controller which can be updated with the use of this firmware update tool :-
I would presume this firmware update tool is also fine to use on other manufacturers boards running NEC's USB 3.0 controller, or any standalone PCI-E cards with the chip for that matter.
Getting in on the initial stages of USB 3.0 market growth, Sumbeamtech has just unveiled three USB 3.0 products including the USB3.0 Airbox, USB3.0 HDDPAL and and SuperSpeed USB3.0 expansion card.
Beginning with the USB3.0 Airbox, this is an external HDD enclosure constructed out of aluminum and supports 3.5-inch SATA HDDs up to 2TB.
It also includes an 80mm blue-LED fan working at 1600RPM to assist in keeping your drive cool.
Sunbeamtech's new HDDPAL is a convenient HDD/SSD docking station for both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives. The unit allows for hot plug and play use and measures 132 x 94 x 69 mm.
Last up is the SuperSpeed USB3.0 expansion card which is not unlike other USB 3.0 PCI-E x1 cards we've seen pop up in the market already.
No word on availability or pricing for these USB 3.0 based products as yet.
Most technology fans have been out and about with their mobile phone or MP3 player and started to run out of power. When this happens, you can either head to the nearest AC outlet to recharge or just stop using your device.
Scosche has announced a new solar powered battery charger called the solBAT II that will charge any device that can get power via USB using the power of the sun. The battery inside the charger is a 1500mAh unit with a 5V output.
The battery will work with Blackberrys, iPhones, and iPods along with numerous other devices. It ships with a windshield mount and a clip to hang the charger on a bag. The solBAT II will sell for $29.99.
We have been able to get some 3D games on our PCs for a while now thanks to stereoscopic drivers that were a bit hit and miss and the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses. 3D content is coming to the home theater and computers in a big way this year and the HDMI Licensing LLC has announced that the 3D portion of HDMI 1.4 is now available.
The 3D section of the specification can be downloaded now and gives the public and corporations access to the spec that don't have a HDMI Adopter Agreement in place. Once the full 1.4a HDMI spec is finished it will all be released along with an update to the 3D portion.
This is the next step towards getting the new HDMI spec out and devices coming to market that support 3D. The specification can be downloaded now from the HDMI.org website.
Many computer users want to be able to use a second monitor with their system to get more screen space. Some users also want to be able to connect additional sources to their existing screens as well. Atlona has announced a new converter that changes a dual link DVI to a mini DisplayPort.
The device is model AT-DP400 and while it is compatible with Mac and PCs, the device is specifically designed for the 27" iMac. When used with the iMac the converter supports resolutions up to 2560 x 1440. On PC systems, it supports up to 2560 x 1600.
The device will allow 1080p full HD resolution and gets all the power it needs from a USB port. The converter is HDCP compatible for Blu-ray playback and can be used to connect a PS3 or Xbox to the 27" iMac at 720p resolution. The converter will ship in March for $199 and can be pre-ordered now.
One would think it's inevitable Apple will be implementing USB 3.0 into upcoming generations of its MBPs or Mac Pros, but a report from the folks at Digitimes states that while Genesys Logic has begun sampling USB 3.0 device controllers for a client of which sources are claiming to be Apple, Genesys has denied this claim.
So, we're left wondering exactly what's going on, but given how fast Apple has adopted new technologies in the past (when thinking back to USB, Firewire/800 and more recently DisplayPort), one would think it safe to assume USB 3.0 is well and truly on the horizon.
Moving promptly with the times, ECS has just introduced both USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps PCI-E x1 expansion cards to market.
The U3N2 USB 3.0 expansion card uses NEC's controller chip to deliver up to 5Gbps transfer rates to supporting USB 3.0 devices. It provides two ports and is of course backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices.
The S6M2 makes use of Marvell's 6Gbps controller and provides both an internal SATA 3.0 port as well as an eSATA 3.0 port for external connectivity.
Full details can be found within the press release here folks.
Sharing peripherals in an office or a home with many computers across a network can be a challenge. However, sharing things like printers and external hard drives can save lots of money compared to buying multiple devices.
Silex Technology has unveiled a new way to share up to 15 USB devices across a network using a Gigabit connection. The Silex adapter is called the SX-3000GB. The device has two USB ports and a single 10/100/1000 Ethernet port to connect to a wired or wireless network.
You have to use a USB hub to share all 15 devices the adapter can support. The two USB ports built-in have a combined power output of one amp. The adapter works on Windows and Mac systems and is available now for $99.
VESA revealed a new spec for its DisplayPort interface at CES which it simply calls DisplayPort 1.2.
With the bandwidth being doubled to 21.8 Gbit/s (more than twice that of the current HDMI 1.4 standard), this allows DisplayPort 1.2 to handle 3D-signals, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audiostreams and also USB 2.0 and network data with speeds of up to 720 Mbit/s.
Further to that is the ability to take on higher resolutions (up to 3840 x 2400 pixels) with superior color depths and increased refresh rates (2560 x 1600 pixels on a 120 Hz 3D-screen).
It's also worth noting that the new standard is backward compatible with the first DisplayPort spec so there won't be a need for new cables or connectors.
CES 2010 - Seagate had an updated version of the BlackArmor portable HDD here at CES. The new model uses USB 3.0 but is just as small as the original.
This was the first look we had at the new mini USB 3.0 connector.
The receiving end of the plug looks like this. The pins are sideways on the mini and much smaller than the full size USB 3.0 plug.
The performance of the Seagate BlackArmor with USB 3.0 was actually better than the build in HDD. Here we see the BA USB 3.0 on the left, the onboard HDD in the center and a BA USB 2.0 on the right.
CES 2010 - Yesterday we had the chance to stop by the Thermaltake suite where the company was showing off a full range of its new products including cases, power supplies, coolers and so on.
What stood out for us what the live demo of its upcoming BlacX USB 3.0 external hard drive caddy.
Below on video we get a look at the difference between the two standards and a no nonsense introduction from Thermaltake.
We look forward to testing the device soon when it comes out!
CES 2010 - Finishing up our Digital Experience coverage from CES in Las Vegas we caught up with Clearwire who is one of the first companies to implement WiMAX 4G next generation mobile broadband into the US market.
By the end of 2010, Clear intends on offering up its affordable wireless data plans to one third of the American public, with the company currently offering its services in 27 major cities around the country.
In the video below, the rep was kind enough to give us a really good run down on the differences between 3G and 4G, the types of mobile devices and routers folks will use with its service and the accompanying usage scenarios. If you are new to the technology and want to learn about it in a short time, this is a must-see.
Uploading HD video content in hotel suite now that only offers 802.11g and no LAN access, I'm lucky to hit 100 kilobytes per second and it's more like half that. I should go back and ask them to give me a plan for while I'm in town for CES. Clear, if you are reading this - reach out!
Super Talent has just officially announced its super quick RAIDDrive which is a tidy portable flash drive in the flesh, but capable of breaking 300MB/sec speeds thanks to the use of two mini SSDs in RAID along with USB 3.0 support.
The new USB 3.0 RAIDDrive lineup is offered in capacities of 32, 64 and 128GB. Dimensions come in at just 95 x 34 x 15.4 mm. This thing is super quick and super convenient. No need for cables or additional power; just plug straight into a USB 3.0 port and watch it fly.
Super Talent intend to show live demos of it during CES this week; you can catch some of the video coverage as it takes place over at Super Talent's YouTube page.
The official press release can be located here folks.
CES 2010 - Later this week during CES we will be visiting OCZ to get a look at their newest products on display at the show, but something just hit our inbox of interest.
We are not sure if OCZ will have actually working demo samples on display at their booth, but what we get a look here is final prototype designs of OCZ's upcoming USB 3.0 SSD.
Using MLC flash memory, the anodized aluminum cased drives will come in sizes of 64, 128 and 256GB and uses a Micro B USB connector. There will be two LEDs on the drive to indication power and access activity.
No details on price, availability or performance yet, but we suspect these drives will be popular especially with the large performance gain to be had over the aging USB 2.0 standard.
USB 3.0 drives are being unveiled every day it seems and the technology that will power USB 3.0 over the next year will be on display at CES in a few weeks. The latest USB 3.0 product to be announced is the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive.
The drive uses parallel channels of NAND flash in RAID 0 configuration to achieve blazing speeds allowing the drive to lay claim to the only drive capable of hitting 300MB/s speeds. The small drive will come in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
Overall dimensions of the drive are 3.75" x 1.5" x 0.5" and it doesn't need a power adapter to operate. It gets all the power it needs form the USB port and it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports too. You can check out a video of the drive being benchmarked below.
With CES coming up there are hoards of new flash drives and other gear hitting the market that support USB 3.0. Most of the new products I have been seeing lately are USB 3.0. Today a new flash drive turned up form Team Group called the X092 that is not USB 3.0.
The drive is USB 2.0 and eSATA certified and offers fast read and write speeds. When connected via eSATA the drive is good for read speed of 110MB/sec and 40MB/sec write speed. The drive has enough performance to transfer a 4.5GB movie file in 42 seconds.
The X092 will be offered in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities and is RoHS compliant. The thing is covered by a two year warranty and weighs 24 grams. Availability and pricing info is unknown at this time.
I for one am very glad that USB 3.0 is on the way. I am tired of waiting so long for my backups to get finished over the pokey USB 2.0 connection. In 2010, we will see a glut of USB 3.0 products on the market.
A-DATA has announced a new USB 3.0 and SATA II combo drive that is set to hit the market in early 2010. The drive is called the N002 and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 drives. The N002 will be offered in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.
A-DATA claims that the N002 will have a write speed of up to 200MB/s and a read speed of 170 MB/s. Also bundled with the flash drive are A-DATA's UFDtoGo software and a trial of Norton Internet Security 2010.
Brando are known for their innovative nature in bringing new and often very useful accessories to market. One of their latest comes in the form of a SATA to USB 3.0 adapter which is a nice compact little device that allows one to connect up a plain ole' SATA hard disk to it. This can than be connected to a USB 3.0 ready PC to take advantage of the SuperSpeed bandwidth on tap.
For $48 U.S. it's a nice futureproof piece of kit that makes for easy access to data on all those random drives lying about the place.
For further info and pics on it, check out the official product page here folks.
GIGABYTE has just launched its dedicated USB 3.0 Microsite as a motivational measure towards wide adoption of the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface in the PC industry. The site is a complete source of information to those wishing to learn more about USB 3.0 and its features, the performance characteristics and also the lineup of existing GIGABYTE motherboards with USB 3.0 capability built-in.
Further to the above, the site also includes info about compatible 3rd party USB 3.0 devices and along with some handy assistance on where to buy them.
Below is a listing from GIGABYTE of both its existing motherboards that support USB 3.0 (11 in total) along with upcoming USB 3.0 equipped models on the horizon.
Click here to head over to GIGABYTE's USB 3.0 Microsite and take a look around.
GIGABYTE's official announcement on the launch of its new USB 3.0 Microsoft can be found here.
LaCie together with Symwave have gone all out with a new external enclosure family that it calls the 2Big USB 3.0 dual-drive RAID.
The name says it all really, a box that can house two drives (up to 4TB total) with RAID support and USB 3.0 connectivity. Thanks to Symwave's latest dual SATA and RAID bridge controller, peak burst transfer speeds are said to be up around the 275MB/sec mark; very fast indeed.
Pricing hasn't yet been disclosed but we should hear more about it come CES next month.
For further information, check out the press release here folks.