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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El_Exigente
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2007-01-08


Just goes to show, without good marketing, any product (no matter how good) can loose market share.


Not quite correct.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewire
"However, the royalty which Apple Inc. and other patent holders initially demanded from users of FireWire (US$0.25 per end-user system) and the more expensive hardware needed to implement it (US$1–$2), both of which have since been dropped, have prevented FireWire from displacing USB in low-end mass-market computer peripherals, where product cost is a major constraint."

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Not quite correct.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewire
"However, the royalty which Apple Inc. and other patent holders initially demanded from users of FireWire (US$0.25 per end-user system) and the more expensive hardware needed to implement it (US$1–$2), both of which have since been dropped, have prevented FireWire from displacing USB in low-end mass-market computer peripherals, where product cost is a major constraint."


You're right but the penny pitching is getting to an extreme; it reminds me these days that printer companies won't even include a USB cable with the printer to 'save money' along with numerous other rip offs. I am not sure about the 25 cents (I think it might be for the use of the term 'firewire' than the actual technology given that it is an IEEE standard and not controlled by Apple) but the extra few dollars are due to the fact that it does not offload the processing to the CPU and thus incredibly when it comes to streaming large amounts of data and rendering it real time - something that would have been next to impossible years ago given how there would have been a balance between the processing of USB and processing of the incoming data.

Personally what I think is sorely lacking is with the external storage these days is the problem with reading the SMART information off the drive because I have had a couple of drives die because I assumed that all was going well with them but found they died. Had I been able to read the SMART status, I would have been able to see whether the drive was about to die. Apparently External SATA can do that but this facility should also should have been part of the USB 3.0 standard as well given how popular USB external hard disks are (especially self powered/USB powered mobile ones).

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