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NEC Electronics recently announced that it plans on massively ramping up production of its USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) certified SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) host controller.
By April, the large Japanese company stated that it intends on doubling its output production of the popular host chip from one million units to two million per month.
Recently there has been a delay in seeing some USB 3.0 based products hit the market due to shortages of USB 3.0 host controllers, which are vastly only produced by NEC and Fujitsu, at this stage of the game. In fact, we've been waiting on review samples of USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures for instance, but they've had to be postponed due to aforementioned shortages.
Come April or May as the greater supply of chips begin to flow, shortage issues should be resolved somewhat by this announcement from NEC.
During CeBIT in Germany earlier this month, a YouTube user by the name of Charbax visited the ASUS booth and got a video hands-on with the upcoming ASUS O!Play HD2 USB 3.0 HD media player. It is due to go on sale this summer, or winter if you are from the southern part of the world.
The HD2 is the third generation media player from ASUS and continues to use the same Realtek chipset solution, however with a few refinements added to the player. First and probably most notably is the addition of the USB 3.0 interface for super fast transfers between the player itself and your PC. Also added an eSATA port and the actual appearance of the player has also been changed and looks rather nice with a modern and stylish finish.
We've already been in contact with ASUS here in Taiwan about getting a sample and when they are ready, we'll have one in for a full video review.
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Energizer has been selling its Duo Charger and USB Charger for a long time now. Both of the chargers can charge rechargeable batteries directly from the USB port on your computer.
Energizer offered software along with the chargers that could be downloaded from the Energizer website for PC and Mac machines. The Mac software is reportedly fine, but there is a massive security issue with the Windows version of the software and it should be removed from your PC immediately.
Energizer reports that it is working with the US government and US-CERT to determine how the software was infiltrated with a backdoor program called Arucer.dll. The backdoor opened computers running the Energizer software to access from remote systems allowing remote users to view directories, send and receive programs and files, and execute software. User will need to remove specific files from their registry in addition to uninstalling the Energizer software.
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There are lots of people out there who are massive consumers of digital content and media of all sorts. Many of us have digital media stored on several devices around our home networks including game console, notebooks, and desktop PCs.
Asus has debuted a new networked media player called the O!Play HD2. The player is the first to offer USB 3.0. That fast connectivity will presumably be to offer external storage and allow playback of content on external devices directly.
The HD2 also has a built-in memory card reader and eSATA port too. Full details on the device are missing right now, but we should learn all about the new HD2 in time.
I have been using a netbook when I travel for a few years now and I find that for the most part I can do anything I want using the little netbook. The new netbooks are getting to be much better than the older machines like I am using.
The new Asus Eee 1018P has turned up at CeBIT and the thing makes me want to upgrade pretty badly. It runs an Atom N455/N475 processor and packs in USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 tech. The machine is very sexy with its brushed aluminum chassis and white keyboard.
The rig has 1-2GB of RAM, 250 to 500GB of storage, a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution screen, and WiFi. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is stock, the new 3.0 spec must be optional. The machine is only 18mm thick.
Team Group gives the heads up on two upcoming 2.5-inch external hard disks it looks forward to launching during CeBIT next month.
The TP1022 is USB 3.0-ready and can be purchased in capacities of up to 640GB, whilst the cheaper TP1021 is also offered in capacities of up to 640GB, but sticks with the USB 2.0 interface. Both are self-powered by the USB connection alone.
The TP1022 will of course be the one most will be interested in due to its USB 3.0 support. It uses an aluminum casing with anode sandblasted surface treatment which makes it finger-mark and dirt-proof. It can be purchased in three colors; golden, silver and coffee and comes with a leather bag to use when carrying it around.
For further information on both the TP1021 and TP1022, head over to our press room and get the full rundown.
USB 3.0 hardware was spotted in droves at CES in January and more of the gear will be coming to market this year. To take advantage of USB 3.0 you will need either a new computer or an add-in card for your existing machine.
Belkin has announced its new line of USB 3.0 gear for computer users that will all ship in the US in April. The line includes a new USB 3.0 PCIe add-in card selling for $79.99. A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ExpressCard for notebooks will sell for the same $79.99 price point. Both will support up to 127 USB devices with enough hubs attached.
Belkin will also be offering a full line of USB 3.0 cables. The cables will come in 4 or 8-foot lengths with A-B or Micro to B connectors for $39.99 and $49.99. It's hard to stomach paying $50 for a cable when we all have gobs of USB cables lying around.
Vantec has given us the heads up on its upcoming NexStar SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter (codenamed CB-SATAU3) which does exactly as the name implies.
As you've probably already worked out, this device allows the user to connect a SATA based hard disk directly to it which can then be connected to a USB 3.0 port for SuperSpeed transfer rates.
Both 3.5" and 2.5" SATA HDDs of up to 2TB capacities are supported and it comes with an AC Adapter which I would imagine is only required in conjunction with larger more power demanding mechanical HDDs.
We'll have availability and pricing information very soon when Vantec officially announce the new device.