February 15, 2010

Technology Newsbit - USB 3.0 Options Becoming Real

Couldn't help but notice the new USB 3.0 options that are quickly becoming reality. First new 3.0 low profile adapter option. This week the first USB 3.0 dongle for connecting eSATA drives arrived (up to 2TB). We're talking major leap in transfer rates by factor of 10 (5GB versus 480Mbps). The overriding mantras of technology -- how easy is it to get to, and how quickly can I then get it...

First USB 3.0 Dongle Connecting eSATA Drives Arrives

What should be the first of many convenient devices in USB 3.0 has just crossed our news desk, the SIIG USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter. Minuscule in size, the adapter can super-size your bandwidth if you have USB 3.0 ports, but no eSATA port. Connect this to a full power USB 3.0 port and get up to 3GB/s performance of any eSATA based drives. You'll need to supply your own eSATA cable, but the USB 3.0 bus should contain enough juice to power the drives. You'll be able to read and write to drives up to 2TB in size. They can even be hot-swapped from drive to drive if you have the need.

SuperSpeed 3.0 Adapter

Providing speeds up to 10x faster than that of USB 2.0, this PCI Express USB 3.0 card enables you to access your data and transfer files much faster than USB 2.0, by adding two USB 3.0 ports to your PCI Express capable PC.

Featuring a native NEC PCI Express host controller chipset, the new USB 3.0 standard supports transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, while still providing connectivity and support for the older USB 2.0 (480Mbps) and 1.1 (12Mbps) devices.

In addition to providing a much faster transfer rate the PEXUSB3S2 USB 3.0 card also supplies 900mA of power per USB port, allowing more and more external devices to operate without the need of an additional power source.

Posted by staff at February 15, 2010 08:38 AM