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VIA Labs USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable Solution Demonstrated at CES 2012

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VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, announced the VIA Labs VO510 5-Gigabit Optical Transceiver which was showcased at CES 2012. The VIA Labs V0510 Optical Transceiver is used in USB 3.0 Active Optical Cables (AOC) which enables rapid data transfers and high-definition multimedia across distances of over 100 meters. Developed in collaboration with FOCI, PCL, OpTarget and UMEC, USB 3.0 AOC solutions offer exciting new possibilities in the use of USB 3.0 technology.

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Thin clients over 5 Gbps USB 3.0 instead of Ethernet is mighty impressive.
 
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Thin clients over 5 Gbps USB 3.0 instead of Ethernet is mighty impressive.
I was thinking what's so special here... and you answered it. Bandwith over fiberoptic can be a lot higher with other protocols thought, right?
 

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I was thinking what's so special here... and you answered it. Bandwith over fiberoptic can be a lot higher with other protocols thought, right?
But OFC and 10 Gbps Ethernet are expensive.
 

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Sounds expensive and if they're basically setting up terminals for one machine, I think they should be creating a new standard that doesn't piggy back on USB. It needs to have infrastructure like TPC/IP, not USB. USB will run out of bandwidth fast.
 
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Sounds expensive and if they're basically setting up terminals for one machine, I think they should be creating a new standard that doesn't piggy back on USB. It needs to have infrastructure like TPC/IP, not USB. USB will run out of bandwidth fast.
The product is the cable itself, with an optical transciever built-in. The thin clients are just an example of it's use, any USB device should be able to be used* (I don't know if there are power lines in these cables, might need a powered hub on the other end for flash drives, etc).

Besides, performance should be fine given the situation: Four Multipoint users per USB 3.0 controller vs each user on 1Gb Ethernet and a switch. Seems like it would scale too - Use a couple RocketU 4-port USB 3.0 PCIe adapters and everyone has their own 5Gb link to the host.

Of course, gotta wait for the reviews and prices to make a judgement on it.