With USB 3.0 being a slow start given that Intel wont even include the drivers in their chipset, it’s hare to believe OEMs will generate that much demand. Traditionally, OEMs lean on Intel to provide built in drivers to reduce overall cost of integration of new devices. Without the native driver, this forces integrators to go out and find solutions, like the NEC 3.0 chip. Here is a quick snap shot at some numbers for USB 3.0 and it’s related family of products:
- USB 3.0 spec up to 5 GHz data transfer rate – about 500MB/s
- Microsoft has not provided a native set of drivers for Windows as of yet
- NEC shipped 3 million controllers in 2010 and expected to ship 20 million for 2011
- USB-IF has tested nearly 120 USB 3.0 devices as of Dec 2010
- Intel will finally provide support for USB 3.0 in it’s Sandy Bridge chipset sometime in 2011
- Even in 2014 USB 2.0 will carry the bulk of sales for USB devices
- By 2014 In-Stat is forecasting USB 3.0 to be in 225 million USB flash drives, seven million set-top boxes and nearly 40% of all digital media players.
Trek 2000 Ltd introduces a wifi SD card where by the user could transfer files from a device, like a camera, to a computer without the need for cables or internet access.
We’ve seen this card before called the Eye-Fi card so we’ve been here before. What I like to see is the concept adopting on and more vendors are making such a device.
Trek 2000 has a bit of unique name for their SD wifi card; the “FluCard.” The FluCard was aptly named because Trek 2000 is hoping the product name will be contagious and easily remember by users. Of course, this naming idea is like “Kleenex” or “Google” where it just becomes a house-hold name. Trek has done this before, apparently the owner of Trek 20 coined the phrase “Thumb Drive” and we all know what that is!
The FluCard is a wifi device and does not need internet access to work. You could be in the middle of the Sudan and transfer files from your digital camera to your phone or computer. The wifi is license free.
The FluCard is comprised of a NAND flash chip for memory and an IC controller which has built in wifi capability.
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This led to a veritable price ‘free fall’ during the second half of the ongoing year 2010, to the point where module makers are doing everything they can to not increase their inventories further. For those interested in numbers, 8 Gb MLC (multi-level cell) NAND Flash memory chips got 10-14% cheaper during early November. Likewise, the prices of 16 Gb and 64 Gb MLC products dropped more than 7% during the same period. The chip makers are thinking the drastic dip in price will stimulate demand.Â What we are not taking into account is the up and coming TLC flash which is now getting more advanced controller support making the TLC technology more stable and cheaper to manufacturer. Continue Reading
I’m not glorify Steve Jobs as the man who saw this coming, no, but understanding that Apple is the largest consumer of flash memory in the world – puts a different perspective on things. Apple will single hand drive the consumer PC market away from disk drives to flash chips as their hard drives.Â Apple will do this in two steps.Â Step 1:Â Pass along their great discounts they undoubtedly get as being the largest consumer and Step 2:Â Decreasing boot time when the MacBooks are powered on. We all curse at our PC during boot up because it just doesn’t happen fast enough.Â Folks who have iPads have already had the “crack” and are addicted.Â This will spread with the advent of flash in the MacBooks.Â This will undoubtedly challenge Windows competitors to equal the performance levels. The Wall Street Journal did a more pragmatic approach to the subject if you’re looking for numbers and details.Â Check here. Continue Reading
This means the connector is completely different for Compact Flash cards and CFast cards.Â So if you are thinking about increasing your performance of a CF card while using your traditional CF card Reader, you’ll be S.O.L.Â The CFast uses a different connection type.Â In addition, if you are using the CF cards for camera’s, you’ll have to get a new camera…one that supports CFast connection.Â CFast cards use a 7-pin SATA data connector (identical to the standard SATA connector). The data transfer rate of CFast is about 3 times faster than Compact Flash.Â So we’ve jumped from 100MB/s to about 300MB/s. Continue Reading
NOR based flash has long erase and write times and has a full address/ data interface.Â Meaning one can read or write data to any portion of the NOR chip.Â The NOR technology is mostly used for low levels of read/write cycles.Â So for example, NOR is great for BIOS and firmware of a device.Â NOR was the first version of flash, but everyone quickly realized a cheaper, faster solution is also needed. In 1989 the first NAND flash chip was introduced.Â It had faster erase and write times, higher density, and lower cost than NOR flash – with ten times the endurance. The draw back with NAND [if you can call it that] is the I/O interface only allowing sequential access to data. Meaning you can only write to the device after the last bit of data has been written.Â This makes it suitable for mass-storage devices such as PC cards and various memory cards like USB, SD and microSD, and somewhat less useful for computer memory. Source:Â TutorialsWeb. Continue Reading