Wednesday, December 31st 2008

Symwave to Demonstrate USB 3.0 External Storage Solution at CES

A major update and commercial introduction to the USB technology has been long overdue. While most devices such as printers, MFDs and other office automation equipment seem fairly comfortable with the bandwidth USB 2.0 offers, with storage solutions where large amounts of data transfer is involved, USB needs a facelift, so much so that companies are slowly gaining interest in technologies such as eSATA.

At the upcoming CES event, Symwave is planning a demo of an external storage solution based on the new USB 3.0 "SuperSpeed" technology. The device it plans to demo could be an external hard-drive or an enclosure with USB 3.0 compliancy. With 10 times the available bandwidth (4.8 Gbps or 600 MB/s), the new technology looks to provide devices with both performance and backwards compatibility with older USB standards. The Symwave storage solution will be one of first devices the technology kicks-off with.
Source: Engadget
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5 Comments on Symwave to Demonstrate USB 3.0 External Storage Solution at CES

I'm looking forward to USB 3.0 on motherboards.
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They might start off with USB 3.0 add-on cards. A full-on controller on a motherboard will need gobs of bandwidth, at least like PCI-E 2.0 x4.
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btarunrThey might start off with USB 3.0 add-on cards.
I agree, its the smartest way to incorporate USB 3.0 across all current technology.

I would invest in the card, and if they happen to release a motherboard first, then ill be getting that too. Im a sucker for this stuff. Several years back, when i first heard of the USB 3.0 i tried to predict its release ( for personal reasons ) and its a tad late. It would have been nice to have had USB 3.0 incorporated with the new Intel boards at the same time the new Intel CPU lineup.
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Cool demonstartion by the looks of it, I might want to check it out on YouTube after CES.
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it'll appear as PCI-E cards.

PCI-E 1x gets 250MB/s, USB 3.0 is approx 300MB/s. a 1x card is quite likely with 2 ports on it, just sharing bandwidth.

4x PCI-E cards will appear soon enough, but the problem is that 1x ports are pretty much the norm these days - very few non enthusiast boards have spare 4x or 16x slots to put such a card in.
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