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Well respected PC storage specialists LaCie have just announced their popular Rugged series 2.5-inch portable hard drive with USB 3.0 support.
LaCie says this drive is capable of delivering up to 110MB/sec read speeds, more than three times that of USB 2.0. It also only requires a single cable to be connected thanks to improved power efficiency.
Being a part of LaCie's Rugged series, the casing can take a real beating with its scratch-resistant aluminum shell, internal anti-shock absorbers and a shock resistant rubber bumper that together will ensure the drive keeps ticking away without issue after accidential knocks or drops.
LaCie is now offering the Rugged USB 3.0 drive in 500GB capacities through its online store at $149.99.
Samsung has just come out with a USB 3.0-ready version in its STORY range of external hard drives.
The STORY Station 3.0 is a 3.5-inch sized unit that can be purchased in large capacities of 1 or 2TB. It features three energy saving modes; idle, sleep and suspend which gives the ability to leave it on for extended periods without significant power draw.
Samsung pre-loads the unit with several software suites including Samsung Auto Backup, SecretZone and SafetyKey for data encryption and data protection.
Of course, the biggest highlight is the ability to use USB 3.0 connectivity, offerings speeds 10 times faster than the ageing USB 2.0 interface.
Samsung is now shipping the STORY Station 3.0 with 3 year warranty. Further details can be obtained within the PR here folks.
Having multiple monitors on your computer makes most people more productive by reducing the time you spend clicking back and forth between screens. The catch is that not all computers have the space for a second video card or a second video output.
Diamond has unveiled a new USB video adapter called the BVUMD3 that can extend video to another display without needing an additional video output on the PC. The device connects to notebook and desktops with a single USB 2.0 connection and sends video out to the display.
The adapter supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. The adapter will work with TVs needing HDMI connections with an adapter. The adapter also adds three USB 2.0 ports to the computer as well.
For a while now we've been seeing some motherboard makers incorporate USB 3.0 into select boards via means of an additional NEC controller (no thanks to Intel being slow to adopt until well into next year), but the list of USB 3.0 supporting boards versus how many new boards continue to hit the market is still somewhat lacking.
However, that may well be changing soon with ASMedia (a subsidiary of ASUSTek) said to be offering up USB 3.0 chips for less than $3 to mobo makers; half that of what NEC charges for theirs, making the inclusion much more attractive on a wider range of boards not only in the high-end market segment, but mainstream and possibly entry level areas, too.
ASUS has of course been quick to make the transfer from NEC to ASMedia and all of its orders hereon will stay with them. Meanwhile, MSI, GIGABYTE and ECS are expected to transfer all their orders to ASMedia in the not too distant future.
The source also mentions VIA has already finished its USB 3.0 controller chip and has submitted its solution to motherboard makers. Mass shipments of the VIA USB 3.0 controller are said to commence sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.
Getting in on the USB 3.0 bandwagon, Patriot has just announced a trio of new USB 3.0 products which includes the PCUSB3PCIE; a PCI-E x1 card for desktop PCs giving two USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O and the PCUSB3EXP; an ExpressCard for notebooks giving a couple USB 3.0 ports for substantially increased bandwidth over the native USB 2.0 onboard.
Patriot will also soon release to market the Gauntlet, a 2.5-inch sized portable HDD enclosure with USB 3.0 connectivity. This will use a durable all-aluminum casing.
All three products will ship with 2 year warranties and should be available in the coming weeks.
Further details can be found within Patriot's supporting PR here.
Transcend adds to the first wave of portable USB 3.0 hard drives with its new StoreJet 25D3 series drives today.
The company designed this series with a well made case that gives a delicate look with gloss piano black finish, but is shockproof with an internal dampening system that suspends the hard drive and prevents damage from accidental drops.
The drive is designed to automatically go into sleep mode for power saving after 10 minutes of being idle. It can reach transfer rates of up to 90MB/sec according to Transcend, thanks to the implementation of USB 3.0.
Capacities start at 250GB, moving up to 320, 500 and 640GB. Transcend ships the StoreJet 25D3 series with a 3 year warranty.
The folks at TechConnect have obtained information about a new series of flash drives being prepped up by Buffalo.
Dubbed the SHD-LVS-BK series, these are oddly said to be advertised as USB-type SSDs, despite being limited to the now woeful USB 2.0 interface. They come in capacities ranging from 4 to 64GB, measuring 23 (W) x 10 (H) x 98 (D) mm with a weight of 17 grams.
The drives sport a physical switch that gives the ability to lock the drive so that no deletion or further writes can be made. The drives come NTFS formatted and include Buffalo's TurboPC and TurboCopy software tools that are said to enable faster transfer rates.
The drives will first become available in Japan later this month at prices ranging from $28 to $259 depending on capacity.
Intel is already putting its sights beyond USB 3.0 with Light Peak transfer technology and Intels senior fellow Kevin Kahn believes it will have what it takes to tip USB 3.0 over and take its place as the new widely adopted peripheral standard of the future.
Light Peak is capable of a whopping 10Gbps, but was first intended to be released as a link for separate standards. However, Kahn pointed out at IDF in Beijing the other day all of the benfits and reasons behind why it has the potential to take over from USB 3.0.
Te technology is said to become available by late this year to component makers, and shipping early next, giving it more support in taking over the reins before USB 3.0 even has a chance to fully embed itself in the mainstream market.
I-O Data have given the heads up that they'll be adding a larger 2TB capacity variant to their existing HDJ-UT lineup of USB 3.0-ready external hard drives at the end of this month.
The 2TB model runs dimensions of 46 (W) x 223 (D) x 155 (H) mm with a weight of 1.6Kgs. It features active cooling and can of course be used on standard USB 2.0/1.1 systems as well (albeit, significantly lower speeds).
I-O Data says the unit is capable of transferring data at up to 139MB/sec using a USB 3.0 connection. The 2TB model is expected to show up in Japan at a price of around $315 U.S.
I am really not sure why this is new at all, or even why the claim that USB 3.0 has to wait on Intel to move forward is still going around, but it is popping up again.
This time we find a lengthy article on the subject from CNet. They claim that USB 3.0 will not see wide spread adoption until late 2011 because Intel has not integrated it in their chipset. I personally find this comment incredibly uninformed as Asus, GIGABYTE, ASRock and others are all building motherboards with NEC's USB 3.0 controller on them.
I suppose that the serveral motherboards that we have reviewed with USB 3.0 and external products using this new standard are not being included. Even in the OEM market companies like Dell and HP will start using the NEC controller just like they used the VIA one when USB first came out. It is a natural progression; I can remember when RAID integrated into the chipset was unheard of, now it is a standard feature. The same thing happened with USB then USB 2.0, first it is an add-on controller chip, then it gets integrated into the chipset later. Nothing to see here, move along