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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.
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