News, information, trends, and musings related to Interface Topics in the Consumer & Computing market segments
    • Jan 24, 2012

    CES 2012 in review

    Every year, we bring some of our best and most innovative technologies to CES in Las Vegas, this year was the same. In the Consumer & Computing Interface space we had five live demos. To start we highlighted the industry’s only end–to–end SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portfolio utilizing customer products that feature our host controller...
    • Jun 7, 2011

    What's all the buzz about Thunderbolt?

    The new Apple / Intel wired external interface, Thunderbolt, is all the "buzz" these days. I am getting asked a lot of questions on how Thunderbolt is going to replace USB 3.0 as the main I/O of choice on PCs sooner rather than later. Before I dive into the USB 3.0 versus Thunderbolt discussion, let’s take a quick review of what Thunderbolt...
    • Apr 12, 2011

    Two SuperSpeed USB Announcements - Same Primary Message!

    On April 11th, 2011, both Texas Instruments and Cypress Semiconductor made announcements concerning upcoming SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) Products. On the surface the two announcements are unrelated and in all honesty they really are totally unrelated. We at TI announced that our 4-port SuperSpeed USB Extensible Host Controller (xHCI), TUSB7340 ,...
    • Mar 6, 2011

    What does typical product certification look like?

    Hi, Dan Harmon back again with an overview of the certification process promised in my last post on ( 4 Mar 2011 12:01 AM ). As I stated earlier, the certification process is a very important step for delivering quality products to the ultimate end-user, the consumer. So let's keep them in mind during this discussion. Since my focus is SuperSpeed...
    • Mar 4, 2011

    Why is a product certification process important?

    Hello, this is Dan Harmon back to you with my thoughts about something that I think is very important for all products that deal with industry standards, and that is: Product Certification. The first thing to understand about certification is why do we do it? Who really is intended to benefit from certifying that products are compliant to the...
    • Jan 7, 2011

    CES 2011 Observations

    Hi there everyone from Las Vegas and CES 2011. Thought I'd share a few of my observations from today. I thought I'd start with what was in the USB TechZone where I spent most of the day. There are twenty exhibitors this year, half of which are either IC suppliers (eight of these) or chip IP suppliers. There are also three cable assembly...
    • Dec 22, 2010

    Happy Holidays

    Wow another year has already passed me by – it seems like we were just celebrating New Years and looking forward to CES-2010 and here are already to Christmas 2010 and getting ready for CES 2011. I love this time of year as all the new "toys" get rolled out for Christmas and then instantly get overshadowed two weeks later by the even...
    • Oct 28, 2010

    SuperSpeed USB Applications, other than storage!

    Well it has been a while, but I thought I would share some of what I have been talking with customers about over the last couple of months. Customers are really starting to look at using SuperSpeed USB for a wide variety of applications - in the last few weeks examples I have been hit with are data acquisition unit, a data logger, A/D converter,...
    • Sep 14, 2010

    Intel Developer's Forum Fall-2010 Day 1 – Highlights & Observations

    Wow, I can not believe it has been over a month since I posted - time sure flies when you are traveling around the world like I have been! On to IDF Day 1. The Keynotes given by Paul Ottellini (Intel CEO) & Dadi Perlmutter (Executive VP for Intel Architecture). My take-aways from Ottellini: He called his keynote "The changing face...
    • Aug 3, 2010

    Texas Instruments expands Analog Production Capacity

    Normally I come on here and talk about the great things happening in the Consumer & Computing Interface realm - specifically SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0). Today, I thought I talk about something great that TI has done for all of our customers. On July 14th, TI announced the that they had acquired two additional fabs from Spansionin Japan. One fab...