The show ended Sunday. Here is beginning of the rest of what I saw at CES… For the list of Gadgetress reports from CES, visit the headline page at Gadgetress@CES 2009
The pervasive USB technology suits many just fine. But it’s still not that fast, especially if you’re trying to transfer large files from an external hard drive to PC, or vice versa.
A speed boost is pending, thanks the the next-generation USB standard getting approval in November. USB 3.0, also dubbed SuperSpeed USB, will reach speeds of 5 gigabits-per second — a steep increase from today’s USB 2.0 standard, which is around 480 mbps.
Translation: a file that takes 27 minutes to transfer from an external hard drive to PC using today’s USB High-Speed technology will take 60 to 70 seconds on USB 3.0′s Super-Speed technology.
According to the USB association, which was present at CES, consumers could start seeing USB 3.0 products by early 2010.
SD-memory cards get bigger
Separately, the tiny flash-memory cards we call MicroSD just got a capacity boost, also thanks to the passing of a new engineering standard. Being called “SDXC,” the new cards will reach 32 GB to 2 terabyte capacities by 2010. The read and write speeds also get a boost — up to 104 Megabytres per second this year and 300 MBps in years to come.
The good news is that the new standard won’t require consumers to get new card readers, as we all did in order to read SD cards over 2 GBs. And the industry is, of course, bringing the larger capacity cards to the teeny-tiny microSD format as well. Just think… 2 TB of storage on your cell phone. That’s equivelant to a total 136,000 photos in fine mode, or 480 hours of HD video or an assortment of files, as pictured below!
For the list of Gadgetress reports from CES, visit the headline page at gadgetress.freedomblogging.com/ces2009.