bf synopsys usb 3 contributed article 1-31-13
USB 2.0 first entered homes on computers and then on televisions.
Similarly, USB 3.0 entered homes on ultrabooks and laptops, and is
now permeating consumers’ digital homes through TVs, BluRay players,
and WiFi routers.
Consumers are benefiting from the lower power
consumption and higher data rates that USB 3.0 offers in many ways,
such as connecting smart phones to TVs to share pictures with the
family and adding a USB 3.0 hard drive to a WiFi router to make a
family “cloud” for shared storage. There is a wide variety of
digital home applications that will likely take off in 2013, and USB
3.0 systems on chip (SoCs) will be used in many of them.
First, a look back—CES 2011 was saturated with webcams running with
TVs, both with the webcams mounted outside of the TV and connected
via USB 2.0 ports. As shown in Figure 1
, Toshiba, Panasonic,
Sony and other TV manufacturers showed off their products’
integration with these external devices.
Figure 1: USB 2.0 was a differentiating
technology in TVs at CES 2011
1a: Samsung TV running Skype video
conferencing with video camera mounted on top;
1b:Toshiba TV running Skype;
1c: Hisense TV with gesture control and USB video camera
1d: Hisense TV with 4 USB 2.0 ports on the back.
shows the Chinese company Hisense’s four (four!)
USB 2.0 ports integrated in a TV. With these ports, consumers can
conveniently connect digital cameras and USB flash drives directly
to the TV to share pictures and videos. And, of course,
connect a web cam to the TV for video conferencing and even gesture