“You heard it here first, folks: SuperSpeed USB is a reality. After waiting around for what feels like ages, USB 3.0 can now say it has its first certified product in NEC’s xHCI host controller. We know this may not be the most exciting first product to get the all-important seal of approval, but you’ve got to start somewhere. And hey, for those who know a thing or two about building a product to spec, having a legitimate host controller could sure come in handy. We spoke to Jeff Ravencraft, president and chairman of the USB-IF (the group that oversees certification and the like), and he stated that (officially) the group is still anticipating end products to hit shelves in early 2010. That said, this here host controller is available now in the open market, and he did confess that a number of manufacturers would likely try to get USB 3.0-equipped wares onto store shelves before that magical day in December.”
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- MIT’s Hybrid Microchip To Overcome Silicon Size Barrier @ Slashdot
- ARM attacks Atom with 2GHz A9; can servers be far behind? @ Ars Technica
- Toshiba and SanDisk reportedly to begin sub-30nm NAND flash production in 2H10 @ DigiTimes
- AMD to reverse pay cuts @ The Register
- Seagate Interview: SSD and Enterprise Storage @ Benchmark Reviews
- 3D Gaming Advances In Microsoft Windows 7 @ TechARP
- Win a iBuyPower Gamer Paladin System @ Legit Reviews
- Top 10 Free Windows Applications @ InsideHW
- Breaking the 20k Mark in 3DMark Vantage @ t-break
- Top 10 Geek Travel Destinations @ Digital Trends
- Win an Intel Core i7-870 Gaming PC! @ Techgage
Could it be true? Could SATA 2.0 already be old and busted?
Back in May was the announcement of USB 3.0, as well as SATA 3.0, both fully backwards compatible and adding a a significant increase in speed. In the case of USB 3.0, the cable its self has changes; so while a USB 3.0 cord will plug into a USB 2.0 port and work, as will a USB 2.0 cord in a USB 3.0 port, only a USB 3.0 cable and device in a USB 3.0 plug will let you reach the 5Gbps of transfer speed available. Now Engadget has had word of the first USB 3.0 chipset, coming from NEC hopefully some time before the new year. You can also sneak a quick peek at the first SATA 3.0 over at Gizmodo, in the form of the Seagate Barracuda XT.