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An artist's conception of how the optical modem could function at a deep ocean cabled obse...

Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) are at the forefront of new discoveries and important research in the ocean depths, but they are still hindered by cumbersome cables that connect them to their support ships at the surface. It brings back memories of the days before radio-controlled toys, when our remote-control cars had wires coming out of them that ran up to the controllers in our hands. Now, thanks to scientists and engineers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), ROV’s may soon be set free from their tethers. The researchers have developed an undersea optical communications system, which they describe as “a virtual revolution in high-speed undersea data collection and transmission.”  Read More

Belkin's USB 3.0 ExpressCard adapter gives laptop users two SuperSpeed USB ports which cou...

Blisteringly fast USB 3.0 data transfer speeds are slowly becoming a reality for consumers as products supporting the specification filter into the market. Belkin is now on board with the announcement of four new SuperSpeed USB devices to help users enjoy up to ten times faster transfer rates over its older sibling USB 2.0.  Read More

CompactFlash cards with 144PB capacity are still only fantasy - but they are now theoretic...

The body responsible for setting the standards for CompactFlash cards, the CompactFlash Association, has announced the specs for the latest 5.0 revision of the mass storage format. CompactFlash 5.0 adds 48-bit addressing (up from 28-bit) which enables an increased data transfer unit size of 32MB per transfer (up from 128KB) and a maximum capacity of 144PB (up from 137GB)... that's 144,000 terabytes!  Read More

New technology from Sony replaces internal wiring and circuitry with wireless data transfe...

Wireless data transfer speeds in excess of 1Gbps now seem positively slow compared to Sony's recent achievement of 11Gbps, even if the distance is quite, erm, short, at just 14mm. So before you go getting excited about a home network with blistering speeds you should know the technology is actually intended for high speed wireless data transfer inside electronic products to replace complicated wires and internal circuitry.  Read More

The Wi-Fi connection in the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State being used by students. Resea...

Sending and receiving data over a wireless network is generally undertaken via radio waves. But that's not the only method. Using the optical spectrum offers the advantage of better security and blisteringly fast transfer rates to boot. Engineers from Pennsylvania State University have now succeeded in moving data outside the usual line of sight restrictions at speeds of over one gigabit per second, more than double that achieved by Siemens recently.  Read More

Siemens' Visible Light Communication technology

If you’re like most people, you probably think that 200 megabits per second for wireless data transfer is just too darn slow! What are we, cavemen? Not anymore, apparently, as electronic engineering company Siemens just broke their own record by achieving 500 Mbps using white LED light.  Read More

VESA has unveiled Displayport v1.2

The Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA) has unveiled the long awaited DisplayPort Version1.2 digital display interface that brings with it a host of enhanced features. Aside from a doubled data rate of 21.6Gbps and bi-directional USB data transfer of an impressive 720Mbps, the upgrade also offers multi – monitor support from a single plug, improved audio synchronization and support for Full HD 3D Stereoscopic displays.  Read More

Symwave's John O'Neil explains the speed and CPU load advantages of USB 3.0 at CES 2010

With its promise of data transfer rates 10x greater than current USB 2.0 devices USB 3.0 is a technology much anticipated by those of us regularly dealing with the transfer of huge files. Symwave’s VP of Marketing, John O’Neil, provided Gizmag with a first-hand demonstration of some of the USB drives utilizing the company’s technology starting to appear on store shelves from the likes of LaCie, OCZ and Super Talent. The peripherals impressed with not only their transfer speeds, but also their low demands on a PCs CPU.  Read More

In 3D chips, the cores are stacked to reduce wire lengths and improve communication speeds...

We've seen vertically oriented transistors, now it's time for entire chips to explore the z-axis. Collaborating with Swiss research institutes EPFL and ETH Zurich, IBM has made another important step toward creating faster, higher-efficiency "3D" processors stacking their cores vertically to increase the number of interconnections and sensibly reduce heat.  Read More

The Asus P7DP55DE-E Premium will be the first motherboard to support  USB 3.0.

Asus has announced the world's first motherboard to support the upcoming USB 3.0 standard, allowing data transfer rates approaching 600MB/s. It also includes the latest generation SATA, which will support transfer speeds of up to 6Gbit/s, and the company has also flagged a cheaper alternative in the form of an add-in card that will offer these two functionalities for motherboards of the same family and will be sold for under US$30.  Read More

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