To USB or Not to USB

 

USB 3.0 and CES 2011 and The First WiFi Router with USB 3.0

You’ll be reading lots about CES. D-Link announced a Media Router with USB 3.0 Host port, so you can plug in USB 3.0 storage devices to stream content through your house.    THe HD MediaRouter 3000 is the first WiFi Media Router (that I can find) with USB 3.0.

I’m guessing the D-Link product uses a USB 3.0 Host chip, a discrete chip.  You can read the press release here.

 

Samsung USB 3.0 Hard Drives

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Samsung announced these fashionable USB 3.0 drives above will be shown at CES starting tomorrow.

 
Kingston SSD

The Vancouver Sun reports that Kingston will have a follow-up USB 3.0 chip that will fully integrate the USB 3.0 function into an SoC for better performance.  This means instead of having an a separate SATA to USB 3.0 bridge chip for the SSD, it will have a native USB 3.0 interface.  Basically USB 3.0 will be a standard feature, and having a single chip with SATA and USB options will make it cheaper and having USB on the chip directly will improve performance.  Performance results from the first generation of chips with a separate USB 3.0 to SATA chip achieved speeds of up to 195 Megabytes per second as reported by EverythingUSB.image (This is not an SSD, just a Flash driver from Kingston)

 

 

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USB SSD from LaCie runs at up to 260 Megabytes per second.  This high performing SSD is similar to the the SuperTalent drive in performance so I’m guessing it uses a lot of memory in parallel.

More USB 3.0 Flash Drives

SuperTalent announced a slower, and cheaper line of USB 3.0 flash drives (that still perform 3-4 times the speed of USB 2.0 drives).  See the SuperTalent test results at techwarelabs.com showing speeds of 120 Megabytes per second in USB 3.0 mode.

No doubt, SuperTalent is trying to compete with cheaper products like those below from SuperSong and A-Data.

 

Patriot Announces Ultra-Fast Single-Chip USB 3.0 Flash Drive

 

ADATA S102 Flash Drive

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