NAND flash is the basic component in USB Flash Drives, SD Cards, SSDs as discussed in the first blog.
So you’ve heard about tablets, the fact that Apple didn’t launch their iPad at CES, everyone is gunning for Apple’s iPad, the Blackberry, Sony, Samsung,… tablet will be famous, and every single article that was written said “Apple iPad” in it.
So I’m waiting for the iPod Touch 4th generation. Lots of reports now on the next generation one, here’s one more article at PC World New BlackBerry Curve (with faster USB 2.0) In the meantime, my company (Synopsys) has issued me the new BlackBerry Curve which comes pre-installed with an MMC (Multi-Media Card) of 1GB. In replaced it with 8GB MMC card, formatted it in the new BlackBerry, and I have a full 8 GB worth of space for holding files (data, music, video). I can now use the BlackBerry as a portable USB Flash drive, music player, video player, camera, and video camera. 8 GB enough space to carry a backup of critical files and some music. For the new BlackBerry, I also noticed that the USB Transfer time is much, much faster than my old BlackBerry. Closer to proper USB 2.0 speeds. This speaks to the variability in systems of USB 2.0 implementations. Cheap IP, cheap controllers or PHYs can lead to a real drag on USB performance. For example, If the USB eye for the PHY is bad, the speed can drop dramatically. BlackBerry with micro-B Many cameras still use the original mini-B receptacles, and I have a dozen of these cables. This BlackBerry uses the “new” micro-B receptacle, so I had to buy a some new cables on Amazon for $2 which actually includes shipping. The micro-B is flatter than the mini-B, and was designed to work better with smaller form-factor mobile phones. This is of course the USB 2.0 Micro-B
Samsung demonstrated a USB only monitor at the Society for Information Display conference last week in Oregon. The screen uses a forked USB 2.0 connector to provide the power necessary. This is only possible because this is an edge-lit LED display.
Apple says that 300,000+ iPads flew out it’s Apple Stores’ doors the first day. Some analysts think that as many as 700,000 were sold in the first few days.
Cyberpower announced that USB 3.0 will be an option on all their Gamer Xtreme PCs. This (to my knowledge) is the first PC company to announce support for USB 3.0. I checked out the CyberPower website, and I found 13 models that let me pick USB 3.0 as a feature. You can see the cheapest PC option here: CyberPower PC with USB 3.0 option.
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I’ve visited a lot of customers and potential customers over the past 10 years talking about USB 2.0 and now USB 3.0. I have to say, that the longer USB 2.0 is around, the more designers come up with ways to use USB 2.0 in products.