Learning more about embedding USB 3.0 at ESC/EELive 2014 - Embedded.com

Learning more about embedding USB 3.0 at ESC/EELive 2014

Next month, at EELive!, Mentor Graphics’ Colin Walls will provide a session titled “USB 3.0 – An Introduction for Embedded Software Developers” as part of the Hardware: Design, I/O, and Interfacing track. The EELive session will cover the history of USB and the specifics of how it works.

USB 3.0 technology is notable because it allows multiple streams of data transfer, increasing peak signaling bandwidth up to 5Gbp/s as compared to 480Mbp/s on USB 2.0. It is also designed for better power management.

The session is important because many PC manufacturers and peripheral vendors have already added USB 3.0 to their products, such as the Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the Toshiba TransMemory Pro 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive, and the HGST line of Touro S mobile hard drives. Here are some of the topics the session promises to cover:

  • History of USB
  • Internal operation
  • Difference from USB 2.0
  • Best-practices for development

I caught up with Colin, who is an embedded technologist at Mentor Graphics Corp., and asked him what he plans to cover in the session. He noted that the biggest misconception about USB 3.0 is that it is just a faster version of USB 2.0. For embedded engineers, the biggest concerns are that USB 3.0 has some key new features and changes to implementation that software engineers need to understand. He said there are not the same kind of worries about USB 3.1, because it will not change anything that is particularly pertinent to a software engineer.

This session takes place on Wednesday, April 2 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the San Jose Convention Center 210A. For more on USB 3.0 Compliance Testing, see my post from last year.

Don't forget that EE Live! 2014 All Access passes and Engineering Summits passes are still available at the conference’s official site with discounted advance pricing. Make sure to follow updates about EE Live!’s other talks, programs, and announcements on its social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

EE Live! and the Embedded Systems Conference are owned by UBM Tech, which also owns Embedded.com and EE Times This article has also been published on EETimes.

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