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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.
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.