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Buffalo outs USB 3.0 to ExpressCard adapter

by Tarinder Sandhu on 10 December 2009, 09:24

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USB 3.0, aka SuperSpeed USB, will begin to become prevalent in 2010 and gain widespread momentum in 2011 when Intel integrates the new standard into its chipsets.

One can purchase PCIe-based add-in cards for desktop PCs right now - the ASUS U3S6 being a prime example - but the situation for laptop users isn't as rosy.

Buffalo Technology reckons there's a gap in the market for a USB 3.0-to-ExpressCard/34 adapter and has introduced such a device on its Japanese website.

The IFC-EC2U3/UC, costing around £40, slips into the ExpressCard slot on most modern laptops, which then communicates with the underlying core-logic via a PCIe x1 interface.

Two USB 3.0 ports are provided, driven by an NEC controller, and they're backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. By providing the software stack, Buffalo promises compatibility with Windows 7, Vista, and venerable XP.

It's a handy alternative to, say, eSATA, and makes sense for folk who frequently use hard-drive caddies and need to move masses of data around in an expedient manner.

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USB 3.0, SATA III, 802.11n … what else?
USB 3.0, SATA III, 802.11n … what else?

Progress is a bitter pill, eh?
USB 3.0, SATA III, 802.11n … what else?

Yet another Intel socket?
USB 3.0, SATA III, 802.11n … what else?


No wait, been there, done that