Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0: The Definitive Showdown

Thunderbolt has arrived on the PC after being exclusive to the Macintosh platform for more than a year. With its promise of 10Gb/s‑per‑channel throughput, what self-respecting power user wouldn't opt for a Thunderbolt-based external backup solution? Well, before you get too excited, let's compare T-bolt… » 1/31/13 11:00am 1/31/13 11:00am

Why USB Will Replace Every Power Connector You Own

Charging via USB is something we all take increasingly for granted; hell, it's become so ubiquitous you can have USB ports alongside your wall outlets. So it bodes well for a future ruled by USB charging that the powers-that-be have decided that the connection should be able to supply a whole 100 watts of power—enough… » 7/24/12 4:03am 7/24/12 4:03am

Intel Will Support USB 3.0 in 2012's Ivy Bridge Chipsets

AMD can't have expected Intel wouldn't be snapping at its heels soon after announcing yesterday they'd be supporting USB 3.0 in two upcoming chipsets. Though AMD didn't specify a timeframe, Intel has said their Ivy Bridge silicon would debut in 2012—and told developers to work on both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 [CNET] » 4/14/11 4:30am 4/14/11 4:30am

AMD Chipsets Will be the First to Support USB 3.0

You may've noticed there are many laptops and PCs out there that support USB 3.0 now, but unfortunately both AMD and Intel haven't added support for the latest version in their chipsets before. This is set to change with AMD's A75 and A70M chipsets, which will be the first to be branded "Superspeed USB." Previously,… » 4/13/11 7:40am 4/13/11 7:40am

USB 3.0, Thunderbolt Possible in Future iOS 30-Pin Connectors

For those of you wondering how Apple is planning on supporting next-generation high-speed data port technology for future (and current) iPads, Pods and Phones, you might have your answer. Patently Apple has unearthed a 2009 Apple patent for a Hybrid DisplayPort/USB 3.0 Adapter. And since Thunderbolt, the zippy new… » 4/05/11 6:57pm 4/05/11 6:57pm

Rumor: Intel's Chief River Laptop Platform Will Bring USB 3.0 To the…

According to Digitimes—a sentence often fraught with danger—Intel's Chief River processor platform will be announced at CES in January, arrive in early 2012, and bring with it native support for USB 3.0. The Sandy Bridge successor will be based on 22nm Ivy Bridge processors. That feels so long to wait, given that the… » 11/03/10 9:39am 11/03/10 9:39am

iBuyPower Juices All Desktops With Free USB 3.0 Power

There's no question that USB 3.0 is the future; it's just a question of when it'll arrive en masse. iBuyPower's decided to be in the vanguard, putting USB 3.0 in all of its desktops for no added charge. iBuyPower ships notoriously rugged rigs, so while there's still not a lot of USB 3.0 compatible devices out there… » 8/10/10 11:49am 8/10/10 11:49am