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    Eric started working on USB in 1995, starting with the world’s first BIOS that supported USB Keyboards and Mice while at Award Software. After a departure into embedded systems software for real-time operating systems, he returned to USB IP cores and software at inSilicon, one of the leading suppliers of USB IP. In 2002, inSilicon was acquired by Synopsys and he’s been here since. He also served as Chairman of the USB On-The-Go Working Group for the USB Implementers Forum from 2004-2006.

    Eric received an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and an M.S. in Engineering from University of California Irvine, and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Minnesota. and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering in the State of California

    Michael (Mick) Posner joined Synopsys in 1994 and is currently Director of Product Marketing for Synopsys' DesignWare USB Solutions. Previously, he was the Director of Product Marketing for Physical (FPGA-based) Prototyping and has held various product marketing, technical marketing manager and application consultant positions at Synopsys. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Brighton, England.

The World’s First USB 3.0 BluRay Player and DVR from Panasonic

Posted by Eric Huang on October 23rd, 2012


Panasonic quietly started shipping the world’s first BluRay Player/Recorder and Digital Video Recorder with USB 3.0 included.




I will be the first to admit, this is a high end machine.  It has a 3 TB hard drive integrated into the design and (apparently) can record lots of channels at once.

Reading the Google Translated text in the web page below, you can record up to 3 independent video streams at once on an external USB 3.0 hard drive.

Again, high end. I’d like to think this will be next year’s mid market set top box and recorder.



Here’s the original source page http://panasonic.jp/diga/blu-ray/bzt9300/useful.html

I’m guessing you can also connect a USB 3.0 flash drive to this box and look at content from your PC or maybe even your USB 3.0 digital video camera or mobile phone.

Once again, Panasonic leads the way in the digital home with USB 3.0 and fully integrated WiFi.

In addition to these 2 interfaces, the Panasonic DTVs with USB 3.0 from this older blog entry also includes a integrated webcam.

It makes sense for DTV chip makers to include additional USB 3.0 Host ports inside the TV to connect to:

1) SD Card Readers

2) Webcams

3) WiFi chips


This allows the same DTV or BluRay chip to be used in both high end and low end models.  It also allows for upgrades to faster WiFi or better Webcams.  It also allows the TV makers to look for cheaper suppliers by using standard USB chips.


Expect more USB 3.0 Digital Home products soon.  Thanks to Agent T for putting me onto this Panasonic USB 3.0 BluRay Recorder and DVR.



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USB Gadget

I would buy one of these, but I’m not sure it is real.  I would never lose my tiny USB drive again.


I could take these to meetings, transfer files around the table.

The only thing is:  I suspect my messy fingers would quickly stain this tie.

Thanks to Agent H for the picture/product.

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