Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th May 2009 14:34 UTC, submitted by James B
Hardware, Embedded Systems NEC has introduced the world's first USB 3.0 controller. "The muPD720200 device is a host controller for PCs and other digital devices, and is based on the new version of the SuperSpeed USB standard. Supporting the world's fastest USB transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) of data, which is 10 times faster than previous USB 2.0 transfer speeds. The NEC Electronics device, as well as the standard, is fully backward compatible with the USB 2.0, 1.1 and 1.0 versions of the USB standard."
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Going to be sad
by nathbeadle on Tue 19th May 2009 16:47 UTC
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From the sounds of things so far I'm the only one who is going to be sad to see FireWire get pushed out of the way even more than before. I hope it sticks around for the video and hard drive side of things.

There is so much more to FireWire than just the speeds... the smart devices not needing a computer as the middle man. I LOVE the ability to plug a firewire drive right into my HD Cam and have the footage go right to the drive. Can't do that with USB. And the offloading on the processor, I hope with USB 3 they figure out how to make things happen without being so processor dependent!!

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