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USB 3.0 is turning up in more and more products and more and more USB 3.0 gear is coming to market all the time. Many were disappointed when Intel decided not to integrate USB 3.0 into its chipsets this year.
Intel has now said that it will have its own USB 3.0 host controller later in 2010, but that controller will not be part of its chipsets. The reason the controller won't be part of the chipset is that it reportedly costs about $9 to integrate USB 3.0 into the typical mainboard.
This eliminates the feature for low-end boards because it would make the board too expensive. Still, Intel doesn't want to give the market fully to its completion like NEC, who is set to ramp production on its USB 3.0 controller. More availability of competing solutions is a good thing.
The Xbox 360 has been selling very well love the last few months and for a time it was selling better than both the Wii and the PS3. The game console is set to get new storage according to reports.
Joystiq reports that USB storage may be introduced to the Xbox 360 consoles as a cost reduction method. The idea is that the consoles would store to USB devices rather than internal hard drives.
That would actually be a great thing. We could plug in any size external HDD we wanted to store download games and other stuff on rather than running out of space on an internal HDD that you can't upgrade.
GIGABYTE today posted an update on its Tech Daily blog regarding a new small Mini-ITX motherboard that is in the works from the Taiwanese company.
The motherboard is based on Intel's H55 Express chipset. Blog author Tim mentioned that it comes loaded with many audio and video features that are unprecedented in motherboards of this size and we would tend to agree with that statement. He reckons that "dynamite does come in a small package!" What's interesting is that we saw on a Chinese blog that the board will also come with USB 3.0 ports, which makes it the first Mini-ITX board to come with the new SuperSpeed connectivity.
TweakTown was able to obtain a picture of the upcoming motherboard, which sits next to a comparatively giant X58A-UD7, for some prospective on its actual size. The shot of the board you can see above is of a non-final sample and we are not totally sure when the board will go on sale, but we expect pretty soon.
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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.