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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RE[2]: Going to be sad
by kaiwai on Thu 21st May 2009 02:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Going to be sad"
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I can't agree more. I just found this bit of information on the net about Firewire S3200. Because the hardware device contains the firewire hardware, the existing FW800 port can be used for S3200 speeds. How cool is that! :-) With such good news, firewire should really push that in their marketing.
FireWire 3200 has a maximum capability of a 3.2Gbps transfer rate, which is 1.6Gbps slower than USB 3.0. However, it should also be noted that the P2P (peer to peer) architecture can usually deliver a higher percentage of the maximum rate than the master/slave architecture of USB can. FireWire 3200 is also backwards compatible with FireWire 800, and you can even plug your new FireWire 3200 hardware into the old FireWire 800 ports and instantly get the new 3.2Gbps speed. FireWire still has an edge in power output over USB too, even after all the improvements, making it even more capable of charging items or powering them through the cables.

I'm really surprised that no one has jumped on the bandwagon with marketing along with, "want speed improvements with USB? throw out your old gear!". I know for me if I could upgrade performance without needing to throw away my old devices, it would be a big incentive for me to upgrade to the new version.

Firewire unfortunately is one of those pieces of technology that are superior in every regard but due to sloppy marketing - never really makes it beyond a niche area. I blame marketing because I truly believe that if end users saw those benefits and the savings as a result they would be more than happy to pay the extra $2 or so more for a computer if it saves them $400 on being able to keep their old firewire device and gain the performance benefits.

Edited 2009-05-21 02:36 UTC

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