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I mentioned just a bit ago that there would be 4G WiMax coverage for 120M in the US by the end of the year. There are reports coming in that Clearwire has changed the terms of its agreement with Intel.
Intel is one of the major investors in Clearwire. The change came in the agreement between the two firms that would allow one of them out of WiMax support. Clearwire has reportedly changed from the agreement that required it to support WiMax until November 28 of 2011 to needing only a 30-day notice from either party to change.
The scuttlebutt is that this move could be in preparation for possible moving from WiMax to LTE in the future. Both of the 4G technologies are said to use similar underlying technology so such a move would be possible.
News has started to surface today that the HTC EVO 4G smartphone for Sprint will start pre-orders this month. The handset is the first to support the WiMax 4G network on Sprint and Clearwire.
Most wireless carriers are going for LTE for their 4G network of choice. So far, WiMax is in only a few select markets and there have been no smartphones to operate on the network.
There are a number of computer modems though. Engadget reports that by the end of the year there will be coverage for about 120 million users around the country for WiMax networks and users of the EVO. Most of us will still not have access to 4G until next year, if then.
OCZ are about to release a slick looking USB 3.0-ready external SSD to market dubbed the Enyo. Inside is a drive that uses MLC NAND flash memory together with 64MB of cache and a USB 3.0 Micro B connection interface.
It is expected that the drive will be able to deliver read and write speeds of up to 260MB/sec and 200MB/sec respectively, with sustained writes on the two largest capacity 128GB and 256GB drives being up to 150MB/sec.
There will also be smaller 64GB and 128GB models in the lineup which will give slightly less performance at up to 225MB/sec read and 135MB/sec write rates.
It's been learned that the Enyo series of USB 3.0 equipped portable SSDs will hit the market by the middle of this month. Pricing information is yet to be released.
PQI has readied up a new series of Flash drives dubbed the CoolDrive U368. If they were based on the dusty old USB 2.0 interface then the word Cool would seem out of place, but these are USB 3.0 drives so it's all good.
PQI states the CoolDrive U368 is capable of transfer speeds of up to 105MB/sec which is said to increase further if you use the drives in conjunction with the bundled TurboFlash USB software.
The casing is of typical mainstream design with measurements of 90.1 x 22 x 11.1 mm and a weight of 25g. Capacities start at 8GB and go all the way up to 128GB.
Pricing and availability is yet to be disclosed.
Buffalo has just announced a new external 2.5-inch storage family that gives the perfect combination; an SSD housed inside together with USB 3.0 connectivity to make good use of it.
The SHD-PEHU3 family of external SSDs are rated for transfer speeds of as much as 244MB/sec in conjunction with the included Turbo PC software.
The drive casing is pretty sleek with a glossy black finish. DImensions come in at 97 (W) x 57 (H) x 12 (D) mm with a weight of 66 grams. The drives also come with security software for data encryption and protection.
The family comprises drives in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB at equivilent U.S. pricing of $282, $510 and $1079 respectively. Shipping is said to commence in Japan, first sometime late May.
Well respected PC storage specialists LaCie have just announced their popular Rugged series 2.5-inch portable hard drive with USB 3.0 support.
LaCie says this drive is capable of delivering up to 110MB/sec read speeds, more than three times that of USB 2.0. It also only requires a single cable to be connected thanks to improved power efficiency.
Being a part of LaCie's Rugged series, the casing can take a real beating with its scratch-resistant aluminum shell, internal anti-shock absorbers and a shock resistant rubber bumper that together will ensure the drive keeps ticking away without issue after accidential knocks or drops.
LaCie is now offering the Rugged USB 3.0 drive in 500GB capacities through its online store at $149.99.
Samsung has just come out with a USB 3.0-ready version in its STORY range of external hard drives.
The STORY Station 3.0 is a 3.5-inch sized unit that can be purchased in large capacities of 1 or 2TB. It features three energy saving modes; idle, sleep and suspend which gives the ability to leave it on for extended periods without significant power draw.
Samsung pre-loads the unit with several software suites including Samsung Auto Backup, SecretZone and SafetyKey for data encryption and data protection.
Of course, the biggest highlight is the ability to use USB 3.0 connectivity, offerings speeds 10 times faster than the ageing USB 2.0 interface.
Samsung is now shipping the STORY Station 3.0 with 3 year warranty. Further details can be obtained within the PR here folks.
Having multiple monitors on your computer makes most people more productive by reducing the time you spend clicking back and forth between screens. The catch is that not all computers have the space for a second video card or a second video output.
Diamond has unveiled a new USB video adapter called the BVUMD3 that can extend video to another display without needing an additional video output on the PC. The device connects to notebook and desktops with a single USB 2.0 connection and sends video out to the display.
The adapter supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. The adapter will work with TVs needing HDMI connections with an adapter. The adapter also adds three USB 2.0 ports to the computer as well.
For a while now we've been seeing some motherboard makers incorporate USB 3.0 into select boards via means of an additional NEC controller (no thanks to Intel being slow to adopt until well into next year), but the list of USB 3.0 supporting boards versus how many new boards continue to hit the market is still somewhat lacking.
However, that may well be changing soon with ASMedia (a subsidiary of ASUSTek) said to be offering up USB 3.0 chips for less than $3 to mobo makers; half that of what NEC charges for theirs, making the inclusion much more attractive on a wider range of boards not only in the high-end market segment, but mainstream and possibly entry level areas, too.
ASUS has of course been quick to make the transfer from NEC to ASMedia and all of its orders hereon will stay with them. Meanwhile, MSI, GIGABYTE and ECS are expected to transfer all their orders to ASMedia in the not too distant future.
The source also mentions VIA has already finished its USB 3.0 controller chip and has submitted its solution to motherboard makers. Mass shipments of the VIA USB 3.0 controller are said to commence sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.
Getting in on the USB 3.0 bandwagon, Patriot has just announced a trio of new USB 3.0 products which includes the PCUSB3PCIE; a PCI-E x1 card for desktop PCs giving two USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O and the PCUSB3EXP; an ExpressCard for notebooks giving a couple USB 3.0 ports for substantially increased bandwidth over the native USB 2.0 onboard.
Patriot will also soon release to market the Gauntlet, a 2.5-inch sized portable HDD enclosure with USB 3.0 connectivity. This will use a durable all-aluminum casing.
All three products will ship with 2 year warranties and should be available in the coming weeks.
Further details can be found within Patriot's supporting PR here.