Portable external storage and protective case models for adventurers
Storage accessory maker G-Technology has expanded its line of external storage devices today at CES with three new ruggedized drives and a new protective case. The new hard drives are outfitted with shock-proof cases to survive drops onto hard surfaces or into water. Prices range from $80–$230, depending on model and storage capacity, and offers options for either USB 3 or Thunderbolt connectivity. In addition, the company is selling its latest protective case separately, so that users can "ruggedize" existing G-Tech drives.
Dual drive docking station supports PATA, SATA
As a response to user requests, Startech unveiled the new Unidock 3U. The open dual hard drive docking station allows for one Serial ATA (SATA) and one older Parallel ATA (PATA or IDE) drive to be connected simultaneously with a USB 3 high-speed connection to the host computer.
USB3 dock boasts 500MB per second data transfer
Newer Technology and its exclusive distributor Other World Computing have teamed up to deliver the latest in Newer Tech's dock series- the Voyager S3 USB3 SuperSpeed SATA drive dock. This new dock delivers full SATA2 speeds, and approaches full SATA3 speed.
Carlow, Poulson, Romley all planned to launch
Intel will expand its push in server platform, chipsets and processors into the second quarter of the year, DigiTimes reports. The chip company recently unveiled the E5-2600 series processors, which some believe will end up in refreshed Mac Pros in the near future, as well as three Xeon E5-1600 processors. It's set to debut a new server platform called Carlow that combines the USB 3-supporting Panther Point (C216) chipset with Ivy Bridge processors.
USB 3 external drive case
The simply-designed and easy-to-use Akitio SK-3501 drive case is a stackable, USB 3-supporting option for getting the best performance out of SATA hard drives (it also handles eSATA and Firewire 800). It uses its aluminum chassis to dissipate heat, meaning no noisy fan is required. Is it the best external case on the market? Can the average user get discs in and out of it easily? And can a simple drive case really boost transfer speeds (even ignoring the USB 3 connection)? We test and find the answers in our exclusive review.
Also received certification for two-port version
Texas Instruments has won certification from the USB Implementer's Forum (USB-IF) for an all-USB 3 host controller that can be incorporated into expansion cards using PCIe, ExpressCard and other implementations suitable for notebooks, servers, HDTVs, gaming consoles and other devices. The controller uses full state-machine architecture to avoid any external storage needs (such as EEPROMs or flash memory), which should lower the cost of manufacture.
Hub connects via SuperSpeed USB cable
LaCie has introduced a new USB hub, the Hub4, designed for USB 3.0-equipped computers. The hub integrates four USB 3.0 ports, supporting combined speeds of up to 5Gbps when connected to a single USB 3.0 port on a computer. Users can also connect via USB 2.0, but at the slower 480Mbps data transfer speeds.