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Hot Topic of the week, the Samsung S7 does not have a USB Type-C port

The internet is all a buzz this week with news of the Samsung flagship S7 mobile phone. Yes it’s a beautiful phone packed to the brim with super features but sadly NO USB Type-C! instead the Samsung S7 has a Micro USB, old school to say the least. Many are asking the question why no […]

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Posted in DisplayPort, PC Chipset, Smartphone, State of USB, Thunderbolt, Type C, USB Power, USB Power Delivery, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB-C |


State of USB – Spring 2013 – Part 4 – Tablet, Phablets, Phones and Mobile Apps Processors

As I sit here at my son’s baseball game typing up this blog entry, I wonder if I should be typing up a blog entry at my son’s baseball game. The State of USB – Spring 2013 – Tablets, Ultra books, and Phones Sadly, USB 3.0 has not yet appeared it phones. It should have. […]

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Posted in Mobile Phone, Smartphone, State of USB, Tablets, USB 3.0 |


NAND Flash Prices to drop to 17 cents per Gigabyte

Just to support the argument that Video Camera Makers should integrate flash( because a 4 part article isn’t enough) and we can expect Smartphones and Tablets to integrate more memory. The primary drivers to greater NAND flash are the increasing demands of Smart Phone and Tablet users to run more apps, store more high resolution pictures (like the 13MP camera […]

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Posted in Digital Video, DSC, DVC, NAND Flash, Smartphone, SSD, Storage, Tablets, USB 3.0 |


Why my Video Cameras and Digital Cameras really need USB 3.0 – Part 2

Camera makers can make more money by embedding NAND Flash in their cameras. How Camera Makers Limit Themselves Why haven’t camera makers embedded NAND Flash?  Because of cost and profit margins.  They don’t include it because most camera makers and the decision makers a conservative bunch of chip makers.  More importantly, they value image quality […]

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Posted in Digital Video, DSC, DVC, Smartphone, USB 3.0, USB 3.0, USB WiFi, WiFi |


USB Power Delivery Profiles

  The USB Power Delivery standard will allow up to 100W of power to be delivered to or from devices.    There is an error in the first slide.  Correction is after the Jump Keep in mind that the power provided over USB is limited by the wire gauge or thickness/diameter of the cable. More […]

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Posted in Smartphone, Tablets, USB Humor, USB Power Delivery |


Does my NAND need USB 3.0? Part 4, Apple drives SSDs faster, and mainstream

  SSDs or Solid State Drives are the storage in tablets like the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy.  SSDs use NAND flash, but fast NAND flash. The NAND in SSDs is faster and NAND in SSDs has to be able to handle more read and write cycles than NAND used in USB Flash Drives or […]

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Posted in NAND Flash, SD, SDXC, Smartphone, SSD, USB 3.0 |


Is your NAND Flash fast enough to require USB 3.0? Part 1

Many factors lead to either great USB performance, or poor USB throughput. The storage in your smartphone or tablet, the NAND flash is one factor.   The question is: Is the NAND flash you use fast enough that you need USB 3.0? Can you read and write to your NAND flash fast enough so that […]

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Posted in NAND Flash, Smartphone, Tablets, USB 3.0 Performance |


$800M says Thunderbolt stays Closed

I’m constantly asked: “Will Thunderbolt replace USB 3.0?” Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 will co-exist & live long, fruitful lives As reported previously, Apple filed and recieved a patent for a new iPhone or iPad connector which looks  like a Thunderbolt connection. You can see in the picture that it includes connections for USB 3.0 and […]

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Posted in iPad, iPhone, PC Chipset, Smartphone, Tablets, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 |


Samsung Exynos 5 Smartphone & Tablet chip with USB 3.0

I came across this Samsung tablet & smartphone chip with USB 3.0.  You can clearly see it has USB 3.0 as part of the design.     Even more fun, a Samsung says that this will go into a Samsung Galaxy 3 smart phone.  This means phones and tablets.   This makes the Samsung chip […]

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Posted in Mobile Phone, Smartphone, Tablets, USB 3.0 Products |


USB 3.0 Integrated in PC Chipsets shipping with Integrated USB 3.0, USB 3.0 in Tablets

  PC Chipsets with integrated USB 3.0 (from the Innovator/inventor of USB) started shipping at the beginning of April for reviews. Here’s a table from Anandtech clearly showing there will be 4 USB 3.0 ports!   They’ve added 4 USB 3.0 ports and to the existing 14 USB 2.0 ports. If you look at your […]

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Posted in PC Chipset, Smartphone, Tablets, USB 3.0, USB 3.0 Adoption, USB 3.0 Host, USB 3.0 IP, USB 3.0 Performance, USB 3.0 Products |