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First USB 3.0 Docking Stations Specifically Targetted at Tablets

Belkin announced the release of the very first USB 3.0 Docking Stations specifically targetted at tablet PCs. The design is such that it allows the simultaneous use of 3 screens: the tablet screen and 2 screens attached to the docking station. At this time, the docking station supports Windows 8 Tablets which means that the […]

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Posted in DisplayLink, Success Stories, Tablets |


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 |


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 |


The First Commercially Available Tablet PC with USB 3.0–Microsoft Surface, Maybe Soon

  As stated by the CTO of the USB-IF, USB 3.0 hits tablet PCs this year with the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro PC Tablet. This is much earlier than I would expect.  It would be better if Microsoft announced a date for availability.   The Microsoft Surface PC uses the Ivy Bridge chipset found […]

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Posted in PC Chipset, Tablets, USB 3.0 Adoption, Windows 8 |


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 |


Fujitsu, Lenovo USB 3.0 Docking Stations, Fast USB 3.0 Flash Drive Dialog

Fujitsu and Lenovo announced USB 3.0 Docking Stations both using the DisplayLink USB 3.0 to HDMI chip.   Fujitsu USB 3.0 Docking Station   The ThinkPad Lenovo USB 3.0 Docking Station also has the DisplayLink chip in it. It’s a pretty sleek design.   To celebrate the availability of these two terrific USB 3.0 products, […]

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Posted in SuperSpeed USB, Tablets, USB 3.0, USB 3.0 Products, USB Demonstration, USB Video |


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 |