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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.