My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: USB 3.0 Standards Promotion Group announced 10Gbps capable USB 3.1 Standard - How PC and Laptop Sales can be revived by going Turbo

Friday, August 30, 2013

USB 3.0 Standards Promotion Group announced 10Gbps capable USB 3.1 Standard - How PC and Laptop Sales can be revived by going Turbo

“SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps uses a more efficient data encoding and will deliver more than twice the effective data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables”

Excerpt from a Press Release from the USB 3.0 Standards Promotion Group on Wednesday July 31st 2013

There has been no word yet on the coming of Fiber Optic Version of the Thunderbolt Cables coming to PC’s as prognosticated in my blog article entitled Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Cables are coming by the Third Quarter of 2013 – Apple Mac's to finally get upgraded as Optical Computer now closer to practicality”. But a lot can change in five (5) months, as we’re just in August of 2013, the Third Quarter of the 2013 and on the cusp of Summer Holidays ending and School restarting in Jamaica and the Western World.

Now there’s news that the USB 3.0 Standards Promotion Group has outed USB 3.1 with speeds of up to 10GBps as stated in “USB 3.1 spec finalized with speeds up to 10 Gbps”, published August 1, 2013 6:07 AM PDT by Lance Whitney, CNET News.
At 10GBps, it’s a step up from 5GBps for USB 3.0 and equivalent to the old speed for Copper- based Thunderbolt Cables as pointed out in “USB 3.1 spec finalized, horns in on Thunderbolt’s turf with 10Gbps speeds”, published Aug 1 2013, 11:39am SAPST by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica. However, the Fiber Optic version of Thunderbolt leaves it in the dust, maxing out at 100GBps Theoretical speed.

USB 3.1 is however more commercially possible and may even be cheaper than Optical Thunderbolt Cables. It also has more industry support, as the Optical Thunderbolt Cables are proprietary tech to Intel and supported by their chief patron Apple whereas USB is an Open Architecture Standard that is the product of the USB 3.0 Standards Promotion Group and no one company and adoptable by all. Expect to see USB 3.1 in Laptops and PC’s by First Quarter of 2014 with full adoption by the end of that year.

For me this is all exciting!

A lot has indeed happened to push toward my much vaulted idea of an Optical Computer as predicted long ago in my blog article entitled “Intel and LightPeak - Race towards the Sun. Already IBM (International Business Machines) has developed a 25GBps Photonic Processor using the 25nm Process as described in my blog article entitled “IBM develops 25Gbps Photonic Optical Processor at the 90nm level - IBM's Red Dawn (2012) for Optical Processors”.
More recently, at Apple’s WWDC (Word Wide Developers Conference) in the week of July 8th 2013, Apple had unveiled its next generation Apple Mac Pro with an innovative Central Cooling Design and multiple Optical Thunderbolt Ports as per my blog article entitled “ATL is now the Official Distributor of Apple Product in Jamaica as of July 2013 - Jamaica can now share in the innovation with Apple’s Future Products Despicable Me 2”.

And there has been AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) breaking the speed barrier with their FX9000 Series 8-Core 5GHz and 4.7GHz  Processors as stated in my Geezam Blog article entitled “AMD unveils 5GHz and 4.7Ghz 8-Core Processor at E3 2013 in Apple’s Mac Pro Dogfight for Top Gun in High End Multi-Core PC Gaming”.

Ditto too the prospect of new 3D Motion Capture Technology from Leap Motion that’s seems set to become a standard on PC’s and Laptops trying to make a comeback against Tablets and Smartphones as predicted in my blog article entitled “Leap Motion Controller went live on Monday July 22 2013 - How a Theremin Computer Device revives PC sales as Everything is Possible to be controlled by Voice and Motion”.

So it’s settled then. To re-invigorate PC and Laptop Sales, the following are needed to be standard on a PC or Laptop:

1.      3D Motion Capture Technology
2.      Touch Screen
3.      Voice Control
4.      Faster Optical Processors
5.      Faster Optical Memory
6.      Faster Optical Motherboard
7.      Faster Connectivity Standards e.g. ThunderBolt or USB 3.1
8.      500GB or higher SSD (Solid Stare Drives)
9.      Lower Power Consumption or even generate their own Power
10.  Sub US$299 prices, with higher prices reserved for Product bundles

This is the same argument I’d posed in my blog article entitled “Intel and the UltraBook - Stephen King's MacBook and iPad Thinner Hex” but with the slight adjustment of prices. We are now in the Post-PC Era as prognosticated in my blog article entitled “How the Apple iPad killed Ultrabooks, Printing and the Mouse as the World Rediscovers Tablets” and as such for non-Mobile Computers to survive, they have to distinguish themselves by being better at what they do.

After all, Tablets evolved from smartphones but exchanged their Hardware and Software features such as SSD’s and Instant-On with the Apple Macbook Air as stated in my Geezam blog article entitled “MacBook Air and FLASH-based Harddrives - The Quest for Instant On”.

In a similar manner, Hardware, Software and low-cost Pricing Model of smartphones and Tablets is the way to go if these PC Makers want to penetrate the Developing World Markets as stated in my blog article entitled “Analyst IDC States First Quarter of 2013 Smartphones Shipments finally overtake Feature Phones - Sub-US$200 Iron Man 3 Smartphones for Developed World Markets”.

These changes plus a lower-price model are certain to excite the PC Crowd and re-energize the sales of PC’s and Laptops which are currently in a Freefall for the past Three Quarters as stared in “PCs suffer longest sales decline in history”, published 11:50PM BST 10 Jul 2013 by Andrew Trotman, The UK Telegraph and “The PC fights back: U.S. sales decline is slowing”, published Jul 15, 2013 3:00 AM by Brad Chacos, PCWorld.

This gentle people, is how PC and Laptop Sales can be revived by going Turbo (2013)!

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