The USB Promoter Group and USB Implementers Forum have been working together on a new connector called Type-C. Just this week, the group has announced that the new specifications are finalized and ready to enter production!
The USB Type-C connector will have several big advantages over Micro USB, which is the current standard found on nearly all of today’s smartphones and tablets.
In the year 1450, Johannes Gutenberg developed the movable type printing press, which put the power of printing words into the hands of the masses. In the year 1900, Kodak released the Brownie camera, which was the first mass produced camera that was affordable enough for the common man.
A decade ago, it would have been fantastically expensive for a hobbyist to produce a short, independent film. Today, there is a revolution happening in the world of cinematography. A new generation of high definition digital cameras have put the ability to shoot remarkably high quality footage into the hands of the average consumer.
The USB Implementers Forum has decided to drop a bomb of a news. Come early 2014, the group, which dedicates itself to the advancement of the USB bus interface, will be releasing a new version of USB: the USB 3.5. It seems to be the USB-IF’s answer to Thunderbolt (though one has to point out that it’s a bit late in the game for that). The most prominent specification for the new USB 3.5 sounds like the data transfer rate that Thunderbolt has been hanging over USB’s head. Now, it’s time to level the playing field.
SD cards are an essential form of storage in today’s modern world. They are used in digital cameras, smartphones and tablets, laptops, and in embedded systems worldwide. Now, SanDisk has announced the new king of speed: the Extreme PRO SD UHS-II family of SD cards.
With write speeds of up to 250MB/s and read speeds of 280MB/s, these new storage devices have earned the title of World’s Fastest SD Card.
In December, we wrote about the surprising news that OCZ Technology filed for bankruptcy. The company was a major player in the USB flash drive, solid-state drive, and PC memory markets.
Now, the company’s assets have been acquired by rival memory manufacturer Toshiba, who have announced that they will resume operations as OCZ Storage Solutions effective immediately. The new company will operate as a subsidiary of Toshiba and will carry on the OCZ name.
Toshiba completed the purchase of OCZ’s assets on January 21st, according to a press release on the company’s website. The press release also contained this statement from Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Storage Solutions: