USB 3.0 specifications were released in August 2008. The upgraded specs call for enhanced throughput of up to 4.8GB per second, reduced power consumption, and backwards compatibility. The newer USB 3.0 cables are much thicker to accommodate the additional wire pairs (channels) needed to move data. It’s expected that consumer grade USB 3.0 (superspeed) devices will hit the market late 2009 or early in 2010. An article on MaximumPC has additional tech specs and images.
The format war is long dead and Blue-Ray DVD burner prices are reasonable. Prices range from $200.00 to $600.00 and enable users to store 25GB on a single density disk or 50GB on a double density disk. See the Newegg.com price list for additional details.
SSD Hard Drives
While solid state technology remains more expensive than conventional magnetic disks, advances in SSD technology are reducing costs and continue to increase speeds. Advantages to SSD include a lack of moving parts, higher access speeds, less power consumption and lower heat. Disadvantages include newer untested technology, higher costs, and smaller sizes. More detailed information about SSD is available on Wikipedia and pricing is available on Newegg.com.
While information about Microsoft’s newest operating system remains sketchy. One notable new feature of Windows 7.0 is mutitouch technology. Mutitouch enables users to use multiple touch points on the screen to navigate, manipulate and create data. Windows 7 is expected to be released sometime in 2010. Additional information about Windows 7 is available on Wikipedia.
Microsoft Cloud OS
On October 1st 2008 Steve Ballmer released information that Microsoft will release its Cloud OS sometime later in the month. While he was short on details he was quick to explain that Windows Cloud OS and Windows 7 are completely different projects. Windows Cloud OS is expected to be some combination of Windows Live Services that will compete similar to Google’s application suite. More information can be found at PCWorld.