Is Thunderbolt (Formerly Light Peak) Overkill for Today’s SATA Drives?

Thunderbolt LogoI'm reading Intel's press release for their new Thunderbolt I/O data connection technology that boasts a bi-directional data transfer speed of 10Gb/s through a PCI Express interconnect — which is awesome. However, today's hard drives can't take advantage of those speeds because SATA drives — even the latest SATA 3.0 drives [PDF] — aren't that [...]

Iomega Combines USB 3.0 and SSD For a Blazing Fast External Storage Drive

Iomega External SSD Flash DriveCan I interest you in a external drive that's 10 times faster than a traditional USB 2.0 HDD-based alternative? I thought that might grab your attention. Iomega is introducing a new 1.8-inch external USB 3.0 SSD Flash drive that can deliver that type of performance in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities. The catch: prices for [...]

Intel Unveils Extensible Host Controller Interface Draft Specification to Support USB 3.0 Architecture

Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) draft specification revision 0.9 in support of the USB 3.0 architecture, also known as SuperSpeed USB. The xHCI draft specification provides a standardized method for USB 3.0 host controllers to communicate with the USB 3.0 software stack. Interoperability among devices from multiple manufacturers [...]