USB 3.1

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular uplink port is some sort of USB connection. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C supports up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth, and also allows for higher power delivery compared to previous USB versions. This has enabled some unique products such as bus-powered RAID enclosures. Today, we are taking a look at one such product from CRU - the ToughTech Duo C. It supports two 2.5" SATA drive bays and has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C host interface. It can operate the two internal drives in RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, or SPAN configurations. The device...

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4 by Ganesh T S on 11/16/2016

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9 by Ganesh T S on 11/4/2016

Satechi and StarTech USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosures Review

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31 by Ganesh T S on 9/26/2016

Netac Z5 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology including planar 1x nm NAND, TLC, and 3D V-NAND. External high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.x have also...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/9/2016

Seagate Innov8 8TB Bus-Powered External Hard Drive Review

Bus-powered storage devices have traditionally been limited by USB 2.0's power delivery specifications. The low power limit meant that only 2.5" drives (typically with a spindle speed of 5400 RPM...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2016

USB-C Authentication Tech to Restrict Usage of Uncertified USB-C Accessories and Cables

The USB Implementers Forum has announced a new addition to the USB Type-C specification, which is projected to restrict usage of uncertified or potentially malicious accessories with reversible USB-C...

28 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2016

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk launched the Extreme 900 SSD at Computex 2015. The claim to fame was the availability of almost 2TB of flash in a bus-powered enclosure with a USB 3.1...

31 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2016

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

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48 by Ganesh T S on 2/22/2016

ASUS Launches 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Motherboard: USB 3.1 and M.2 to AMD FX Platform

ASUS has introduced its latest motherboard for AMD FX microprocessors that brings up-to-date features to the platform. The ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura belongs to a new class of AMD...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2016

ASUS Booth Tour at CES 2016: 10G Switches, External GPU Dock, USB-C Monitor and more

When ASUS emailed a couple of weeks before CES announcing that they had cancelled their press event for the show, we had a few question marks. Previous shows involve...

50 by Ian Cutress on 1/19/2016

AMD Announces A10-7890K APU and Upgrades Desktop Platforms

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48 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2016

Seagate Updates DAS Portfolio at CES 2016

Seagate has announced four new DAS (direct attached storage) products at CES 2016. Three of them target the premium / luxury market under the LaCie brand name. Seagate Backup Plus...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2016

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13 by Brett Howse on 1/3/2016

EVGA X99 Micro2 Motherboard Launched with USB 3.1 Type-C on mATX

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9 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2015

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20 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

ADATA Displays XPG SX930 SSD, Two New TLC SSDs, Several PCIe Drives & USB Type-C Products

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7 by Kristian Vättö on 6/8/2015

Intel Announces Thunderbolt 3 - Thunderbolt Meets USB (At Last)

A lot has been happening in the world of external communication buses over the past year. In the last 12 months the USB consortium has announced both 10Gbps “Superspeed+&rdquo...

91 by Ryan Smith on 6/2/2015

SanDisk Announces 2TB USB 3.1 External SSD

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10 by Ganesh T S on 6/1/2015

MSI Releases 970A SLI Krait Edition Motherboard with USB 3.1

The motherboard market is now laying down some heavy USB 3.1 marks in the sand. We saw motherboards at CES, then immediately followed that with some testing on the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/25/2015

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