IDF 2009: The Best Tech From The Show FloorFri, Sep 25, 2009 - 12:00 AM
SuperSpeed USB 3.0
LucidPort Technology was at the Intel Developers Forum demonstrating fully functional SuperSpeed USB 3.0 storage devices! Supporting both the UAS and BOT (legacy USB mass storage driver) protocols, LucidPort’s USB300 bridge chip establishes a SuperSpeed link between a PC and a high performance disk drive. By keeping all other factors constant, this demonstration highlights the range of improvements to USB drive performance. With UAS, the USB300 can exceed 250Mbytes/sec transfer rates.
One of the demos they had used the Intel SSDSA2SH032G1GN 2.5″ 32GB SSD hooked up to LucidPort’s USB300 with a SATA into the controller and a USB 3.0 cable leaving the controller.
LucidPort Technology then ran some HD Speed benchmarks to check out the performance of the device using the USB 3.0 interface and the results shows that USB3.0 with UAS had a bandwidth of 250MB/s and with BOT it was just 208MB/s.
Walking around the show we saw various USB 3.0 technologies floating around like this add-in bracket for USB 3.0 inside a tower over at the MCCI booth.
Other companies had their USB 3.0 devices hooked up like this! I’m not sure exactly what this is, but it looks interesting.
This happens to be the World’s first USB 3.0 4-port hub! It was overnight mailed in from Asia the day before show started and is about as new as you can get when it comes to technology.
NEC Japan announced its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 controller back in May of 2009 and this is the first time we have seen it in public. The card shown above uses the NEX D720200 chip and plugs into the PCI Express bus. This card is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0, but you’ll need the proper cable.
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