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Last updated: 2009 Nov 05
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  • 2009-Nov-05: USB 3.0 is starting to materialize, looks like the specification is supposed to be completed in mid-2008, so it probably means the first hardware might show in 2009 (Engadget says 2010). The new cable will include additional wires for the faster 3.0 transfers (up to 4.7Gbps, that's 10 times the speed of 2.0) and at the same time allow for complete backwards compatibility with 2.0 and 1.1 devices and cables. Engadget has some pictures of the connectors from CES'08. At CES'09 more details of USB 3.0 were released, including the fact that it's protocol design anticipates going as fast as 25Gbps (but that may need an optical link). According to NVIDIA, motherboard chip sets from Intel will not support USB 3.0 until 2011, possibly because Intel wants to shift to a new optical interconnection system it is developing with Apple. [4630]
  • 2009-Sep-22: Sept'09 saw the first USB product to get certified. [8551]
  • 2009-Jun-11: The Econo-Keys EK-76-TP is a small portable keyboard that includes a track pad. There appear to be several things wrong with this: at $146 is is not economical, it is not an RF interfaced device (so is useless for HTPC applications) and the track pad is underneath the keyboard (although that may prove to be a brilliant idea once you get used to it). [8129]
  • 2009-Mar-25: IOGEAR's 4-port USB Net ShareStation allows you to attach up to four USB devices and share them across a network. [7786]
  • 2009-Jan-20: The KanaMicro digital audio player is packaged like a USB thumb drive, you really can't get an MP3 player much smaller than this. [7461] [1]
  • 2008-Dec-14: If you like a really solid keyboard then Das Keyboard looks like it would be just the thing. [7341]
  • 2008-Dec-14: United Keys is producing a lower cost OLED display keyboard and keypad, at $200 it is still rather pricey but it is a significant reduction in cost from the previous attempt at this (the Optimus). [7340] [1]
  • 2008-Nov-28: Delkin makes a USB Bridge which allows you to copy files between USB attached devices without the aid of a computer. [7271] [1]
  • 2008-Nov-14: The classic Atari joystick, now with a USB connection. [7218]
  • 2008-Nov-07: The Porte HDD enclosure is a neat version of the quick-insertion hard drive cradles. [7164]
  • 2008-Sep-28: The SuperKid 4-port USB hub, Gumby hits the new world age. [6939] [1]
  • 2008-May-06: EVGA is introducing two new USB graphics adapters at an under $100 price. [6052] [1]
  • 2008-Apr-09: The Pico USB drives from Super-Talent will be pretty small (only 31.3mm from end to end and 12.4mm wide and 3.4mm thick) flash drives. They look to be a bit smaller than the OCZ mini-Kart drives were (which actually were a rather nice size). Imation have also announced some similar-sized thumb drives. [5750]
  • 2008-Mar-20: A little USB gadget that gives you an additional 2 inch colour LCD display to unburden your primary desktop. [5315]
  • 2008-Mar-14: A number of USB flash drives that feature built in "finger print scanners" for access control have been examined and found to be very insecure. Your best bet, if you want security, is to install TrueCrypt. Apparently the Corsair Flash Padlock USB drive (which has a keypad on it through which you enter the passcode) has a physical flaw as well - just disassemble it and short out one jumper to disable the access control and the thing is then wide open. [5273] [1]
  • 2008-Mar-07: The Wizplat W-11 from Sarotech is a portable USB drive enclosure for use with a 1.8 inch format drive. So if you need more than a USB flash stick and think a 2.5 inch drive enclosure is too bulky, this would be your next choice. [5238] [1]
  • 2008-Feb-05: Using a USB interface to drive traditional analog dial gauges from a PC. [5035] [1]
  • 2007-Dec-03: has a variety of USB to Serial adapters. [4390]
  • 2007-Nov-27: The IOTEK ezSECU ez850 drive enclosure adds keypad activated security to an external 2.5 inch drive, possibly never to be sold in the West. It sounds like the device is actually encrypting/decrypting data on its way to/from the hard drive, but we'll really have to wait for an English review to see. [4198]
  • 2007-Nov-17: Some very compact USB charging adapters from Brighton, plug one into an AC socket (110-240V, 60/50Hz) and then plug the USB device into the adapter. [4165]

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