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Archive for 2008

 

Synopsys demonstrates SuperSpeed USB 3.0

On November 17, 2008, we demonstrated a USB 3.0 Device streaming uncompressed HD video across a USB 3.0 cable at data rates exceeding 460 Megabytes per second.    To my knowledge, this is the fastest demonstration of USB 3.0 to date, and the only one demonstrating video transfers.  In addition, it is much faster than the […]

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SuperSpeed USB based on USB 3.0

CNET reported today that USB 3.0 will be “unveiled” at the USB 3.0 Developers Conference on November 17, 2008 just under 2 weeks here in San Jose.  I’m looking forward to the event.  If you haven’t registered for the event, go to www.usb.org/usb30.  It’s for developers and it’s technical, so keep that in mind.

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Power in USB 2.0 Devices

More devices are doing more things.  The best example of devices that have more functions are phones. Anyone shopping for a mobile phone, will see that the newest phones have more and more functions.  Since the introduction of the iPhone, every company is introducing larger screens and touchscreens.  The larger screens require more power to operate.  […]

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USB 2.0 in a Police Box

  I received this gift from a friend.  This is a USB 2.0 Hub in the shape of a TARDIS.  When you insert a USB Device, it makes the sound of a TARDIS materializing/de-materializing. (The light flashes too.) You see USB everywhere and it is (can be) fun. I really want to open it up […]

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Flash and Hard Drives in Camcorders today

So I looked at Best Buy and Target Ads in my local newspaper this weekend.  Of the 6 Camcorders in the Best Buy Ad: 1 uses tape 1 uses DVD 1 uses flash 3 use hard drives So Jay and Mick I win.  Okay, I just stated the obvious.   The camcorders use hard drives mostly, and […]

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The Obvious First USB 3.0 Products

Alright, so I need to back up my PC at home.  So what do I do?  I buy a hard drive from Costco or Best Buy or New Egg.  For me it is the small 320GB Toshiba Hard Drive.  This is great because it’s bus powered and small.  This means only one small USB cable.   […]

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USB 3.0 Speeds – Effective Throughput

This quick article is to correct some press impressions that may set expectations to a different level than what is actually planned.  I am a great fan of USB 3.0, so my views are biased.  I just don’t want the critics beating up USB because they expected. The USB 3.0 Promoters are targeting a 350 […]

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Synopsys at IDF

I’m heading up to IDF today to set up for the show.  At this show, there will be seminars on USB 3.0 and Wireless USB. We will be demonstrating our Wireless USB and our HS OTG controller in the USB-IF community. I look forward to this show every year because I get to see the […]

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Why not Flash Memory instead of USB 3.0?

JayC commented that flash is a viable option.  I think this is interesting. At CostCo I can buy two (2) 2 GB SD cards for $27.  If this trend continues, I could by two (2) 4 GB SD cards for $30 in 12 months.  It might be interesting if you could do the same with […]

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The First USB 3.0 Consumer Products

I know what the first USB 3.0 Consumer Products should be.  The Digital Camcorder. The Camcorder will have a hard drive (like a laptop drive) and will likely shoot high definition.  It will have a 80 GB drive minimum, and will sell for $800-$1000.  A good example of an existing hard drive camcorder can be […]

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