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January 26, 2010

Ellisys to Showcase the Potential Performance of USB 3.0 Technology

For customers who cannot wait, data transfer speeds are extremely important while buying a USB device. Therefore, companies have been researching to provide more speeds in the USB devices. Recently, Ellisys, a supplier of protocol test and analysis solutions for the Universal Serial Bus (USB), announced a demonstration of the potential performance of USB 3.0. This demonstration will be held in conjunction with Symwave.

USB is the most dominant interface for PCs and consumer products requiring frequent battery charging or data transfers.  Along with faster data transfer, the USB 3.0 technology also provides other benefits such as better power management, lower PC processor burden and lower total operational power.

According to Ellisys, the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 application can provide data transfer speeds of over 350 MB/sec. The demonstration will feature the Ellisys Explorer(TM) 280 SuperSpeed USB protocol analyzer and host emulation generator and Symwave's SW6318 dual SATA storage controller.

“USB has always been the dominant interconnect technology in the external storage market, but with the advent of SuperSpeed USB 3.0, we now enter the multi-gigabit world. The performance of SuperSpeed creates new product opportunities for USB developers and storage vendors in general, with applications that have traditionally been the domain of other communication technologies,' stated Mario Pasquali, Ellisys co-founder and president, in a release.

Offering ten times the signaling speed of USB 2.0 as well as backward-compatibility with legacy USB devices, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 supports a 5 gigabit per second signaling rate. Along with an efficient packet routing, it also provides higher bus power for devices (up to 950 mA), new power management modes.

Recently, the company shipped Explorer 280 (EX280) SuperSpeed USB protocol analyzers/generators to its early adopter customers. The EX280 system was designed from the ground up by using new, custom-designed hardware and firmware specifically built to handle the engineering challenges presented by SuperSpeed USB architecture. Offering real, working SuperSpeed USB protocol analysis products to an early market will help the adopters to validate their designs.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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