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The PC world is quickly preparing for USB 3.0

News reports from Asia indicate PCs with USB 3.0 will be shipping to consumers before the end of 2009.

USB 3.0, with speeds 10 times faster than USB 2.0, will offer transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits of data per second.  Manufacturers are expected to introduce a new generation of USB flash drives, external hard drives, and other devices that will make use of the significantly faster transfer speeds.

NEC Electronics is expected to lead the pack among companies adopting USB 3.0, with the company recently becoming the first to introduce a USB 3.0 controller.  The company began shipping host controller samples last month, and in September will begin manufacturing an expected one million units per month.

In 2007, Intel unveiled USB 3.0 during its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference, but was accused by AMD and NVIDIA of keeping the open host controller specifications a secret to create an unfair advantage against competitors.  Intel later released the open host controller specifications in November 2007, with companies expected about the increased speed of the technology.

There has been some talk about whether or not the PC industry will be ready for USB 3.0.  During the SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference, held two months ago in May, manufacturers outlined their aspirations to utilize the superior USB 3.0 -- devices also were shown to be faster than eSATA, which offers 3Gbits/s transfer speed.

NEC anticipates 140 million PCs will ship in 2011 utilizing USB 3.0, with that number expected to climb up to 340 million in 2012.  Microsoft Windows 7, which launches in October, will not support the standard at launch, but will add in support later.

Both home users and businesses will benefit by using the faster technology, with large-scale data backup becoming much faster thanks to the 5Gbit/s transfer speeds.  Expect external HDDs with increased storage capacity from Western Digital, Seagate, Iomega, and other companies specializing in storage.



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RE: Yay
By Devo2007 on 7/2/2009 10:46:53 AM , Rating: 2
It most certainly can... as evidenced by Windows 95 OSR2 adding support for USB.

Granted, that might be a poor example, because it wasn't until Windows 98 that we saw a good, stable USB driver.


RE: Yay
By diego10arg on 7/2/2009 11:30:57 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Granted, that might be a poor example, because it wasn't until Windows 98 that we saw a good, stable USB driver.


Wow. I've never expected to see the word stable in the same sentence as Windows 98. Not even if referred to a driver on it.


RE: Yay
By namechamps on 7/2/2009 12:16:02 PM , Rating: 2
98SE was VASTLY superior to 95 when it came to plug and play.
One of my first IT jobs was tech support in late 90s.

Getting USB cameras (canon) to work on win 95 was a nightmare.
Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn't.

So yeah relatively speaking 98SE was a godsend compared to plug & pray in win95.


RE: Yay
By cheetah2k on 7/2/2009 7:08:02 PM , Rating: 3
"News reports from Asia indicate PCs with USB 3.0 will be shipping to consumers before the end of 2009"

News reports from US, Europe and Australia indicate USB 3.0 devices and cables will be shipping to consumers before the end of 2015..... <sarcasim>

Just remembering the back to the start of USB 2.0 days... :-D


RE: Yay
By murphyslabrat on 7/3/2009 4:29:17 AM , Rating: 2
Last year, the IT club at my school was given the ancient computers from one of the PC-equipped classrooms. These Pentium III computers came with a COA for Win98SE, so I tried to see how far I could push them. With some significant mods, including a Vista theme, and custom USB and network stacks, some of the support specialists weren't able to tell that it wasn't Vista, short of opening System Information.

The only real issues left were the fact that it was as secure as a screen door, and that there is no DotNet support for Win95/98.


RE: Yay
By chick0n on 7/2/2009 12:22:39 PM , Rating: 3
Win98 was ok for me.

SE was better tho.

and most problems I've seen with Win98 were people with "garbage" computers.


RE: Yay
By TomZ on 7/2/2009 1:02:24 PM , Rating: 2
I remember doing Windows software development on Win98. It was very amusing...the thing I most remember is many reboots throughout the day, every day. When I upgraded to Win2K, I was doing the same kind of work, just no more reboots.

Yeah, Win9x sucked. It was the best available at the time, but in today's context, it sucked.


RE: Yay
By foolsgambit11 on 7/2/2009 2:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
Or USB 2.0 with Windows XP SP2.


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