The Latest 2012 Technology in Hardware Connectivity and Beyond

April 17th, 2012

Now that the dust is completely settled from CES, let's take a look at what cutting edge connectivity technologies are gaining traction. When you finish reading this post, you should come away with some ideas for deciding which technologies you should upgrade or hold on to. Have fun and be sure to let us know your thoughts on Twitter or FaceBook.

3D & HD: HDMI and Wireless

In 2011 3D TVs were all the rage at CES, while this year the excitement was noticeably dampened; mainly because of the necessity of 3D glasses and lack of content. At IOGEAR, we are working to help solve the lack of content issue by introducing a Super Switcher that allows you to convert ordinary 2D content to 3D! Be sure to follow us on Twitter or FaceBook for our launch announcement. Check out this quick demo we performed at CES 2012 that shows how we can convert from 2D to 3D: High Definition content, on the other hand, continues to thrive throughout many consumer devices in addition to TVs. For example, the Apple TV moved to 1080p, the new iPad sports a HD Retina display and HD TV manufacturers continue to create high quality displays. In addition, HD content is plentiful, whether it be from your cable TV provider, downloadable content or Blu-ray discs. Today, HDMI continues to be the most convenient way to connect these devices to the various set-top boxes and video game consoles. However, many are growing tired of all of the wires required and are looking for cleaner wireless solutions. Recently, IOGEAR created an innovative device to help distribute all of that delicious 3D & HD content to multiple HD TVs in your home, wirelessly. Check out a quick demo here:

USB 3.0

Source: Late last year we looked at USB 3.0, now dubbed SuperSpeed USB, and it's current impact in the PC world. When you look at the 10x speed increase, improved power efficiency and backwards compatibility, the decision to upgrade is compelling. For more details check out this page and the following video:


Source: Currently, unless you have a Mac, options are limited for taking advantage of the amazing Thunderbolt transmission speeds of up to 10Gbps. Intel is working to increase adoption by supporting Thunderbolt natively in it's Sandy Bridge processors and introducing optical cable support. The optical cabling will allow for even greater speeds (up to 100Gbps) and allow for increased cable lengths (from 3 meters to tens of meters).

Bluetooth 4.0

Source: The iPhone 4S was the first phone to ship with this technology, allowing for prolonged bluetooth connectivity due to the lower power consumption. And now, the iPad 3 boasts this technology as well, showing Apple's commitment to the technology. Learn more about how bluetooth 4.0 is opening up a world of new opportunities. If your PC is missing Bluetooth 4.0 functionality, we have made it easy for you to take advantage of the benefits with our tiny micro adaptor.  Please take some time and share your thoughts here on the blog, on Twitter or FaceBook.

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