SuperSpeed USB 3.0


The world better be ready for SuperSpeed USB 3.0, cause it’s coming, baby — and by the looks of things at IDF, it’s coming soon. Intel’s “USB Community” pavilion is filled with SuperSpeed tech from a variety of companies, and while some of the demos are happening on crazy Frankenstein rigs, there’s a bunch of stuff here that’s basically ready to ship, including controller chips from NEC and Fujitsu, which are the heart of the whole shebang. Of course, while lightning-fast SSD transfers are nice, the showiest product on the floor is Point Grey’s prototype HD camera here, which streams uncompressed 1080p video over USB 3.0 — it’s not a final product, but it’s apparently quite close. Yes, we know the gallery below is basically cable porn, but here are the facts: USB 3.0 is 10x faster than 2.0 while using less power, and it’s entirely backwards-compatible, since the five 3.0 pins in the connector have been cleverly engineered to sit above the four legacy 2.0 pins. If that doesn’t get you dreaming of hard drives for the holidays, well, we don’t know what will.


Buffalo Debuts USB 3.0 Cable – Up to 5Gbps Transfer Speeds

Despite the fact that the specs for USB 3.0 have been around for quite some time now, it was generally believed up until recently that the first devices to make use of this high-speed descendant of the Universal Serial Bus would not appear on the market by 2010. However, it would seem that the predictions were a little wrong, at least as long as Japanese company Buffalo is concerned.

Hence, Buffalo has recently released a new line of connectivity products, namely the BSUAB series, which includes USB cables that are compliant with the USB 3.0 specification. This means that they can attain theoretical data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, which is absolutely fantastic, compared to their USB 2.0 counterparts, which can go as fast as 480 Mbps.

Curiously enough, during pretty much the same time frame, we caught word of the first computer motherboard to incorporate USB 3.0 ports making an appearance, and we’re talking here about ASUS’ P6X58 Premium model. Nice coincidence, indeed.
Anyway, getting back to the cables, it’s also important to mention the fact that they feature a special internal design, meant to reduce interference as much as possible, as well as USB A-type connector on one end and a USB B-type connector on the other. Weight depends on the length of the cable, the 1-meter version weighing around 63 grams, while the 3-meter one goes as high as 141 grams.

For those of you who don’t really know what the USB 3.0 is all about, here it is: it features the SuperSpeed bus and a technology similar to the PCI Express 2.0. It represents the fourth major iteration in the history of this connectivity solution, following the introduction of the USB 1.0 in 1996 by a group of companies consisting of Intel, Compaq, Microsoft, Digital, IBM, and Northern Telecom and followed by USB 1.1 and USB 2.0, in April 2000. Then, the USB 3.0 specification was released on November 17, 2008 by USB 3.0 Promoter Group.

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