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Happy 20th Birthday USB! from Nov.15 1995 to Nov.15 2015
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | Author:

Happy 20th Birthday USB! from Nov.15 1995 to Nov.15 2015

The father of the USB, Ajay Bhatt told us the story of usb’s birth.

Ajay Bhatt

Ajay Bhatt, from wikipedia, Ajay V. Bhatt is an Indian-American computer architect who helped define and develop several widely used technologies, including USB, AGP, PCI Express, Platform Power management architecture and various chipset improvements. And he is an Intel fellow.

Ajay Bhatt told the media about all of the story of the invertion of USB.“Anytime (my family) wanted to do something simple like print a letter for my daughter’s school, I would get a phone call from my wife that she just can’t print it,” Bhatt said. “She does something, but nothing happens to the printer.” It is a humble story.

And during the interview Ajay Bhatt told us why why it didn’t have a reversible connector.”We wanted to solve the problem with four pins and very few gates on our silicon and also four wires,” Bhatt said. “To make things flippable you need twice as many wires, that means twice the cost, and you need a lot more circuits. We could have done it but the cost of this would not have been acceptable to people.”

Ajay Bhatt told the media about all of the story of the invertion of USB.“Anytime (my family)
wanted to do something simple like print a letter for my daughter’s school, I would get a
phone call from my wife that she just can’t print it,” Bhatt said. “She does something, but
nothing happens to the printer.”
It is a humble story.
And during the interview Ajay Bhatt told us why why it didn’t have a reversible connector.
”We wanted to solve the problem with four pins and very few gates on our silicon and also
four wires,” Bhatt said. “To make things flippable you need twice as many wires, that means
twice the cost, and you need a lot more circuits. We could have done it but the cost of this
would not have been acceptable to people.”
What is USB Type-C and Why We are Excited About It
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Author: Elaine

USB Type-C is an USB interface(connector) defined by USB Implementers Forum, Inc., creators of USB technology. Welcome to USB Type-C! Apple’s new MacBook has implemented the USB Type-C port, which will be the future modern product of USB Port.

USB Type-C Features

USB Type-C Features

From the shape, USB type C is greatly different from the common USB Type A. Although the USB technology has developed from the USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, and USB 3.1, the appearance of the port we mostly use is USB Type A, which has a right and wrong side when you plug it in.

With the newly designed USB type C, you needn’t worry about reversing the usb cable when plugging it in.

Let’s first get an overview of USB type C, except this easy plug feature.

  1. USB Type-C is a specification for a reversible-plug connector for USB devices and USB cabling.
  2. Rather slimmer and thinner than USB type-A.
  3. typeA and type C

    USB Type-A (Left) and USB Type-C(Right)

    As the following picture shows, the right side USB type-c is much smaller and thinner than the left USB Type-A. A Type-C port measure is just 8.4mm by 2.6mm. This means it’s small enough to work for even the future smallest peripheral devices.

  4. USB type C is USB 3.1 standard. High Speed as 10M bps and as a power port. 2X  Transferring speed of the USB 3.0.
  5. The USB-C connector supports DisplayPort, HDMI, power, USB, and VGA. Notably absent is Thunderbolt.
  6. USB Type-C is backward compatible but requires adapters. It’s fully compatible electrically with USB 3.0, though obviously it won’t plug in physically without an adapter. It is fresh that USB needs an adapter.
  7. Power Supports:

Indications are that the USB-C standard supports at least 100 watts of power delivery, so it’s possible that USB-C could replace most power adapters as a standard in the future. Using USB to power a laptop isn’t new, though. Look at the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro $1,299.00 at Lenovo, which has a full-size USB 3.0 power connector.

Look at the connector interface of USB type-C.

Type C interface

The interface port of USB Type-C Connector

Are there any latest USB Type-C applications in consumer products?

Yes. There are booming. Besides the Apple MacBook port, there are more and more USB Type c products emerge.

Watch this Video about USB type-c by expert of PCmag:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7d_17o0KsQ

I have collect some USB Type C products in the latest days:

  • Lattice Semiconductor Expands USB Type-C Product Family
  • Asus Releases ZenPad Flagship With USB Type-C
  • Google Nexus 5 2015 Release Update: Fingerprint Sensor, USB Type C

For Adapters:

The majority of USB type-c adapters are the USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapters.

USB type-c to USB 2.0 adapters for power

USB type-C to USB 2.0 female cable

USB Type-C to Mini USB data power adapter

Apple USB Type-C to USB Adapters.

Thought we need adapters to transferring data between USB Type C and common USB products. It is not long before we do not need adapters when the USB Type-C becomes more popular.

USB Implementers Forum, which is the creator of USB Type-C, says that Type-C USB is designed to be future-proof. In the future, there will be more and more USB Type-C devices for the fastest USB connectors. When USB Type-C becomes as popular as the current USB Type-A, it will be easier when we working with devices. We will hold tiny USB devices for both data and power connections. Just welcome the smart digital connection and cables of USB Type-c of USB 3.1

What is USB 3.1 and Faster USB 3.1 Features
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 | Author: Elaine

What is USB 3.1 and when it was released

USB Technology develops fast as the modern technology is blooming in data transmitting. We have already known well about USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is widely used for data transfer among popular devices, such as PCs, tablets, hybrids, and mobile phones.USB 3.0 was first announced by USB Promoter Group in 2008. The new standard offers 10 times of the data transfer speed vs. USB 2.0 and is high efficiency that is 5.0Gbps.

When is the USB 3.1 release date?

The USB 3.1 is released on Dec. 23th, 2013 by USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is the highest level of USB standards until now with the fastest data transfer speed.

Why do we need faster data transfer speed?

This picture from Kingston.com can interpret our needs for data transferring clearly.

why we need that speed of USB

Faster USB 3.1 Specification

USB 3.1 has a 10gbps speed. And deliver twice the effective data performance than USB 3.0. It is fully compatible backward with USB cables and connectors.

The specification is as the following:

• Delivers 10 Gbps USB data rate

* 2x improvement over current USB3.0 5 Gbps data rate

• Improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer leading to higher through-put and improved I/O power efficiency

• Compatible with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device protocols

• Works with both existing 5 Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices, as well as USB 2.0 products

In common words, USB 3.1 is faster and more powerful than before, but it also consumes more power. With its release, the new Type-C 3.1 as a new cable and connectors is also introduced.

There are three connector of interfaces for USB 3.0(Superspeed+), Type-A(standard-A), Type-B(Micro-B) and Type-C.

typeA and type C

TypeA and type C USB 3.1 Port

Type B of USB 3.1 Port

Type B of USB 3.1 Port

Type-A(standard-A) is the most widely used interface for connecting. Micro-B is mainly used in Smartphone and tablets. And the newly introduced Type-C 3.1 is used for lighter and thinner, and slimmer devices.

The Type-C 3.1 interface Pin

Type C interface

Supply better power Charge

USB 3.0 Promoter Group has said that the USB 3.1 connector and port are designed to accommodate future updates, making them future-proof.

Also, the Type-C 3.1cable can charge your tablets, smartphones and other devices faster with its up to 100 watts.

The test by Asus of USB 3.1

According to the technology reports from Asus Z97A usb 3.1, when the speed testing software continuously reading and writing, the reading speed comes up to 781.2MB/S, and the writing speed 797.8MB/S. The same environment of USB 3.0 test result is separately 446.5 MB/S and 448.6 MB/S. We can see the efficiency of USB 3.1 clearly.

The Competition from Intel

The only rival is Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, which is found primarily in Apple’s laptops and desktops. While as to the cost, USB have great advantage. Acer, as one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, announced that it would favor USB 3.1 over Thunderbolt in all future devices.

Pamper Imagination of the Future.

Look forward to more USB 3.1 devices blooming in our daily life. The usb 3.1 is the most powerful USB interface with type-c. There will be more and more devices like computers, tablets, and computer calculating interface to apply the USB 3.1 interface. And the future advanced devices with the most efficient USB port will supply us faster speed for data transferring. We will have better experience in multimedia data applications. Let’s wait for more USB 3.1 devices.

toshiba-transmemory-30-usb-drive

Toshiba is a major player in the NAND flash memory market. Recently, they announced a new line of TransMemory® drives that boasts some serious speeds.

With read speeds of 222 MB/s and write speeds of 205 MB/s, the TransMemory drives take full advantage of USB 3.0?s incredible transfer speeds. At this rate, copying large files such as games, music, photos, and system backups will take a lot less time than ever before.

But there’s more to the TransMemory 3.0 drives than just speed – they also offer large capacities for storing huge volumes of data. Available in 64GB and 128GB capacities, this family of drives offers big storage in addition to speedy performance.

These drives have a durable, highly functional design that includes an oversize keyloop for attaching to a keyring or lanyard. In addition to their exterior protection, the drives also keep your data secure with built-in security software and encrypted password protection. This will protect your important files in case the drive should fall into the wrong hands.

Maciek Brzeski, VP of Product Marketing and Development for Toshiba, had this to say about the new TransMemory 3.0 drives:

“Featuring the best performance, highest speed, and largest capacity of any Toshiba USB flash drive to date, this storage device offers blazing fast data transfers while ensuring that all digital information is securely protected.”

64GB drives retail for $129.99 MSRP while the larger 128GB drive goes for $199.99 MSRP. Each drive is compatible with both PC and Mac and is backed by Toshiba’s impressive 5-Year Standard Limited Warranty!

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Western Digital My Passport Slim HDD is a new type of portable hard drive developed by Western Digital Company. Both 2TB and 1TB My Passport Slim HDD is available. And the new emerging 2TB capacity HDD is made to satisfy the larger capacity of data storage needs than ever before.

The Western Digital My Passport Slim is featured with a slim metal enclosure and hardware-based encryption. It is a good choice for for protecting, storing, and enjoying digital content on the go.

It is said that My Passport Slim included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software allows users to back up their data to their My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy in their Dropbox account for peace-of-mind. The software lets users back up their Dropbox account to the My Passport Slim.

Appearance

1TB 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches, 2TB measures 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.7-inches

Westernal Digital - My Passport Slim

Westernal Digital - My Passport Slim

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

The Western Digital My Passport Slim supports super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer speeds of high resolution digital files. As a leading famous HDD brand, the settings and the technology are on the Enge for the industry standards.

The drive is covered by a 3-year limited warranty. The 1TB is available for $99.99 from and the 2TB is $149.99 as Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. After checking on the site, the WD My Passport Slim 2TB is not available from the official website now. You can check more here : wdstore.com.

SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps – Ready
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps – Ready for Development
USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced availability of the USB 3.1 Specification to increase SuperSpeed USB to 10 Gbps HILLSBORO, Ore. – July 31, 2013 – The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the
completion of the USB 3.1 Specification which adds enhancements to enable SuperSpeed USB to operate at up to 10 Gbps. This latest release of the specification will be available today for download from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) website. SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps uses a more efficient data encoding and will deliver more than twice the effective data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over
enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables. Compatibility is assured with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols as well as with existing 5 Gbps hubs and devices and USB 2.0 products. Developers interested in implementing the new USB 3.1 Specification have the opportunity to learn technical details during three developer conferences currently being planned. The
international conferences planned in Europe and Asia will offer more advanced system design training as breakout sessions on the second day. For more details and conference
registration instructions, please visit the USB-IF website.
1. USB 3.1 Developers Day US – August 21, 2013 in Hillsboro, Ore.
2. USB 3.1 Developers Days Europe – October 1-2, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland
3. USB 3.1 Developers Days Asia – Two day conference scheduled for early December
2013, more details to follow
“The USB 3.1 specification primarily extends existing USB 3.0 protocol and hub operation for speed scaling along with defining the next higher physical layer speed as 10 Gbps,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The specification team worked hard to make sure that the changes made to support higher speeds were limited and remained consistent with existing USB 3.0 architecture to ease product development.”
“We recognize this advancement in USB technology is an important development for our customers,” said Tom Bonola, Chief Technology Officer, Business PC Solutions, HP. “The USB 3.1 Specification enables us to meet the growing needs of our customers for faster data transfer while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing devices.”
“The industry has affirmed the strong demand for higher through-put, for user-connected peripherals and docks, by coming together to produce a quality SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps specification,” said Alex Peleg, Vice President, Intel Architecture Group. “Intel is fully committed to deliver on this request.”
“While maintaining backward compatibility, USB continues to advance to meet customer’s growing need for higher speed data” said Roland Sperlich, TI Consumer and Computing Interface Product Line Manager. “The 10 Gbps data rate allows designers across many industries to do more with a universal standard.”
“In this multi-device world, the USB 3.1 updates will enable end-users to move content across devices quickly, conveniently and without worrying about compatibility,” said Emile Ianni, Corporate Vice President of Platform Solutions Engineering, AMD. “AMD thanks our engineers as well as the other technology contributors for bringing to market robust innovation that is designed to work seamlessly with new and existing solutions.”
About the USB 3.0 Promoter Group
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised of Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, developed the USB 3.0 Specification that was released in November 2008. In addition to maintaining and enhancing this specification, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group develops specification addendums to extend or adapt its specifications to support more platform types or use cases where adopting USB 3.0 technology will be beneficial in delivering a more ubiquitous, richer user experience.
About the USB-IF
The non-profit USB Implementers Forum, Inc. was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB technology. The USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB devices through its logo and compliance program, and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. Further information, including postings of the most recent product and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF website at www.usb.org.
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Pen USB Voice Recorder and 5MP USB Pen Scanner
Monday, March 25th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

While we could see many pen voice recorders in our life, and any other multi-function pens, there are rarely some ones both performs the scanning and recording functions. Luckily, there are the products nows. It sounds perfect and brilliant.

hammacher usb pen sized scanner

hammacher usb pen sized scanner

How cool is it that you only take a small pen as a scanner and a voice recorder at the same time! The pen sized scanner is so attractive. The Hammacher Schlemmer is the advanced producer of the product. It is not as a common pen USB voice recorder as mentioned, the USB pen scanner can sacn images and texts and save them to its own storage and then transfer them to a PC or Mac. It is described that The pen sized scanner can holds up to one thousand pictures in JPEG format, and scan the audio in n WAV format with the integrated microphone.And the sensor is 5 megapixel.

When scanning, the pen sends out a red laser which covering the areas to be scanned. Actually , it is a red box area. you can more the pen to select differ area. It can capture up to 300 images after a charging for one hour via USB.

When you have done the scanning process, all you need to do is to twist the pen apart. Revealing a USB plug, you can connect the USB plug to the computer directly. The pen scanner USB supports multi-platforms, and it is compatibe with Mac OS X, Windows XP/7/8.

From the official site of the pen scanner, the price is tagged with $124.95. And they claimed that it is available for immediate shipment . Maybe we can also have alternative choices to scan and record according to our needs. But the obvious advantage of the pen USB drive is the size and weight. It is portal to be carried everywhere and record anytime you need.

Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army knife SSD storage
Friday, March 01st, 2013 | Author: Elaine

Victorinox proclaimed 2 new Swiss Army knives which has a SSD (solid state drive) and Victorinox Slim three.0 USB, that ought to provide you with many choices and protection if you wish to hold around digital knowledge on an everyday basis.The company, that has been going for a hundred twenty five years, has been manufacturing USB drives on its knives for a few time currently, however with this launch Victorinox has extremely upped the Associate in Nursingte because it launches an SSD into its innovative storage solutions.

The knives pack anyplace from 16GB to 1TB of storage, area unit equipped to resist a variety of environmental and daily use factors, and “remain faithful Swiss Army bequest of cleanly designed product that endure”.The two Swiss Army knives embody the Slim three.0 USB and therefore the SSD; the previous providing up fast browse/write speeds and obtainable in offers quicker read and write speeds than a a pair of.0 USB flash drive and can be obtainable in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The SSD are going to be offered in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 1TB capacities.

Each SSD comes equipped with 2 knife bodies, between that the drive will simply be interchanged, one being flight-friendly and therefore the alternative as well as ancient Swiss Army knife implements like blade, scissors, nail file, etc.However, along side this innovation comes some pretty sharp claims. Apparently this is often the world’s smallest high-capacity SSD drive on the market and one which has eSATA II/III and USB a pair of.0/3.0 connectors.

Why not Own this Cute Pink Wireless Mouse Kit
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

The Pink wirelss kit includes a mouse, a usb flash drive, and a pink mouse pad. This is very fatanstic for a girl user, who always be appealed by everthing pink.

wireless-mouse-kit-pink

Pink Wireless Mouse Kit will Spruce up your laptop and convey your favorite color firmly into the twenty first Century with this sensible . This pink wireless optical mouse with USB connecter is that the excellent thanks to show everybody what your favorite color is which you’re able to go back to to figure.
Presented in Associate in Nursing loveable pink tin casing, this pleasant kit additionally includes a pink mousepad to feature one thing alittle special to your workplace table. thus anticipate to your day ahead and keep smiling with this wireless mouse kit.
Battery Requirements: two x abdominal aortic aneurysm batteries (Included)
Presented in an exceedingly pink tin casing
Includes pink mousepad

Pink Wireless Mouse Kit will Spruce up your laptop and convey your favorite color firmly into the twenty first Century with this sensible . This pink wireless optical mouse with USB connecter is that the excellent thanks to show everybody what your favorite color is which you’re able to go back to to figure.

Presented in Associate in Nursing loveable pink tin casing, this pleasant kit additionally includes a pink mousepad to feature one thing alittle special to your workplace table. thus anticipate to your day ahead and keep smiling with this wireless mouse kit.

Battery Requirements: two x abdominal aortic aneurysm batteries (Included)

Presented in an exceedingly pink tin casing

Includes pink mousepad

KEF Intros its initial try of USB Speakers with X300A
Sunday, February 17th, 2013 | Author: Elaine
As a social unit complete within the world of loudspeakers, British-brand KEF has distended its providing with X300A, a try of supercharged computer speakers that packs many versatile options into its retiring 7″ by 11″ by 9″ body.
KEF-USB-Speaker

Backed by integrated category AB amplifiers, the coaxal drivers with KEF’s Uni-Q speaker style ar guaranteed to please audio enthusiasts on the full. They promise to convey well-defined stereo imaging and coherency over a wider listening in order that there’s not necessary one selected “sweet spot” within the listening area. This lends intercalary flexibility to the X300A, that means that it is not essentially confined to being a near-field speaker and has the potential to be used for larger applications, in contrast to different offerings of comparable dimensions.

Aside from the essential three.5mm auxiliary input, a USB input connects your pc to the speaker’s aboard 96kHz/24-bit DAC, that may prevent each cash and area if you are looking for a straightforward audiophile-grade computer speaker setup. moreover, these speakers also are in a position attach to your pc wirelessly via Apple Airplay and airfield categorical (though the latter are restricted to a resolution of forty four.1kHz/16-bit) or Bluetooth if you decide for the wireless electronic device accent. of these property choices ar guaranteed to simply match into people’s existing home systems.

The KEF X300A may be had for $799 a try, that is pretty spectacular considering its several options, ability to fashionable transmission desires, and KEF pedigree.