Intel has been talking to several news outlets about their Light Peak technology at CES. While we all knew Intel was going to push this standard in favor of USB 3.0, this is the first time they have mentioned actual finished implementations. Previous estimates said the technology was likely to be ready sometime during 2012; but there is a bit of fine print in this announcement.
Intel Light Peak
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I’ve seen a couple of UB 3.0 drive docks announced over the last couple of months, but this new model from ThermalTake stood out in my mailbox. The BlacX 5G supports both 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch SATA drives; instead of traditional external drive enclosures where you have to open a case to insert the disk, this unit allows you to insert a drive without any other steps.
Continue reading Hot-swap SATA to USB 3.0 dock from ThermalTake
Word got out last week that Intel is delaying the release of USB 3.0 chipsets to 2010. This means a major setback for external drive manufacturers and motherboard builders. For now, PC makers that want to offer USB 3.0 connectivity will have to rely on third-party solutions, increasing component costs and energy usage.
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Buffalo technology is just days behind Freecom in announcing its first USB 3.0 external hard drive. Their first entry in this new market is the DriveStation HD-HXU3; a 3.5 inch drive available in 1, 1.5 and 2TB models.
Buffalo DriveStation HD-HXU3
Continue reading Buffalo also jumping on the USB 3.0 bandwagon
Freecom is the first company to announce a USB 3.0 external hard disk. The Hard Drive XS 3.0 uses the new, speedier interface to enable transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s. The drive will be available in November in capacities of 1, 1.5 and 2TB. Continue reading Freecom first to launch a USB 3.0 hard drive