Technology Explained

What is USB Flash Drives 3.0?

USB 3.0 is the newest major development in the world of Universal Serial Bus. USB 3.0 is set to become the new benchmark in USB technology. Also known as SuperSpeed USB the new standard USB protocol boasts several benefits over the current 'High Speed' USB 2.0 protocol. This performance boost will continue the evolution of the USB flash drive making it an indispensible tool for years to come.

The benefits of USB 3.0 include:
-Bandwidth of up to 5.0 Gb/s (compared to 480 Mb/s in USB 2.0)
-Faster identification of devices
-Improved power efficiency and management
-Increased power supply capability to devices

USB 3.0 achieves much higher performance through a number of technical changes. An additional physical bus is added in parallel with the existing USB 2.0 bus allowing a bi-directional data interface. This is in contrast to USB 2.0's half-duplex arrangement, where data can only flow in one direction at a time. The end result is up to a ten-fold increase in bandwidth.

What is a USB Fash Drive?

USB flash drives are compact and easy-to-use devices that are similar in use to your computer hard drive. A USB flash drive is a NAND-type flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB 1.1 or 2.0 interface. It is small, lightweight, removable and rewritable.

USB flash drives are virtually universally compatible with all PC's and laptops running Windows, as well as many MAC OS systems that have a USB port. Most flash drives do not require drivers unless you are running Windows 98.


Why do I need a USB Fash Drive?

There are many uses for a USB flash drive, including for personal data storage and for portable desktop computing. The small size of USB flash drives makes them ideal for personal, portable and powerful computing. Flash drives make it possible to take your files with you from with extreme ease and convenience, a USB flash drive is a personal, portable and powerful device.

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What is a MP3 Player?

MP3 is short for MPEG-1, Layer 3, this is a codec that, for a number of reasons, became the most popular format for digital music as its popularity hit critical mass. Now, "MP3" is commonly used as shorthand for any type of digital music file. The MP3 Player is the device for playing audio files encoded using MPEG1 layer 3 (mp3). Most MP3 players can also store other data formats and can be used to store and transfer data files.

What is a MP4 Player?

Just like MP3s work by compressing music and audio files without affecting the audio quality, MP4 files are compressed video files. MP4 is also known as MPEG-4 AVC, or advanced video coding. This new technology is going to make video files decrease in size so that they are easier to work with and support. What used to be massive video files of motion and audio are now compressed versions of the same material, called MP4s.

What is Nand Flash?

Flash memory (both NOR and NAND types), was invented by Dr. Fujio Masuoka while working for Toshiba circa 1980. The name "flash" was suggested by Masuoka's colleague, Shōji Ariizumi, because the erasure process of the memory contents reminded him of the flash of a camera. Masuoka and colleagues presented the invention at the IEEE 1984 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) held in San Francisco.


Intel Corporation saw the massive potential of the invention and introduced the first commercial NOR type flash chip in 1988. NOR-based flash has long erase and write times, but provides full address and data buses, allowing random access to any memory location. This makes it a suitable replacement for older read-only memory (ROM) chips. Nand flash is found in such devises as USB flash drives, MP3 and MP4 players, mobile phones, cameras and personal computers.



Companies That Produces Nand Flash

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Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Founded by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chipmaker, based on revenue. Intel Corporation, founded on July 18, 1968, is an amalgamation of Integrated Electronics (the fact that "intel" is the term for intelligence information was also quite suitable). As well as computer chips, Intel also makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing. Its "Intel Inside" advertising campaign of the 1990s made it and its Pentium processor household names. During this period Intel became the dominant supplier of microprocessors for PCs.



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Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. The company transforms foundational memory technologies—including DRAM, NAND Flash, and NOR Flash—into innovative solutions such as solid state drives (SSDs) and storage appliances, modules, multichip packages, and other semiconductor systems. Micron's worldwide operations design, manufacture, and market these solutions for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, enterprise servers and storage, networking, embedded, and mobile products.



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SK Hynix Inc. is a South Korean memory semiconductor supplier of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips and flash memory chips. Hynix is the world's second-largest memory chipmaker (after Samsung Electronics) and the world's sixth-largest semiconductor company. Founded as Hyundai Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd. in 1983 and known as Hyundai Electronics, the company has manufacturing sites in Korea, the US, China and Taiwan. In 2012, when SK Telecom became its major shareholder, Hynix merged to SK Group, the third largest conglomerate in South Korea. The company's shares are traded on the Korea Stock Exchange, and the Global Depository shares are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.



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Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Toshiba was founded in 1939 as Tokyo Shibaura Electric K.K. through the merger of Shibaura Seisaku-sho (founded in 1875) and Tokyo Denki (founded in 1890). The company name was officially changed to Toshiba Corporation in 1978. Its products and services include information technology and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, household appliances, medical equipment, office equipment, lighting and logistics.



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Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous subsidiaries and affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol (business conglomerate).


Samsung was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next three decades the group diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s. Since the 1990s Samsung has increasingly globalized its activities, and electronics, particularly mobile phones and semiconductors, have become its most important source of income.