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PhotoFast GM3000EX – USB 3.0 ExpressCard Host

PhotoFast Global Inc. has just launched the GM3000EX ExpressCard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 host controller. Press Release inside.

Press Release below:
PhotoFast GM3000EX – USB 3.0 ExpressCard Host
Taipei, Taiwan. Apr. 12th 2010 – PhotoFast Global Inc. a pioneer in creative, high quality and extreme performance flash-based storage manufacturer, today revealed its new line up of USB 3.0 accessories. Relied the new standard and host controller introduced to the market, PhotoFast demand to bring even higher transfer rates to meet the bottleneck where every user has experienced before.
The new USB 3.0 standard is a potential opportunity for user to appreciate the full transfer rate from new external enclosure that doesn’t degrades magnetic HDD or SSD. Its new 4.8Gbps band width which is 10 times faster than USB2.0 will increase 3 – 4 times of your existing drives.
We are not the first manufacturer making USB 3.0 host because we wanted to do it right. Before the launch of GM3000EX, what’s available on the market is with a protrudent plastic which needs to be inserted and pull out on each travel. Well, we couldn’t stand it this way so we redesigned a hidden Type A female connector, which makes the whole thing much delightful.
The power supply come out of ExpressCard slot is very limited. The early developed standard allowing us to acquire around 300mA, that is enough for some small portable devices but not magnetic HDD. Instead of other similar products, we don’t offer just an extra cable for getting power from another USB port. We combine it into the same cable that allowing user to connect external USB 3.0 devices. As most USB 3.0 HDD enclosures selling now is with a Type B micro female connector. The split cable (Y Cable) included comes very handy in practical.

– Getting 1 port of USB 3.0 from ExpressCard slot
– USB 3.0 transfer rate is way faster than USB 2.0
– Unique design where hides in the ExpressCard slot
– Split Cable (Y Cable) allows up to 800 mA power supply from the Laptop

Bus Type  ExpressCard 34mm (PCI Express x1) 
Main Chip NEC USB3 Host Controller (uPD720200)
Standards 1. Unviversal Serial Bus 3.0 Specification Revision 1.0
2. Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) Specification Revision 0.96
3. ExpressCard Specification Revision 1.0
4. PCI Express Specification Revision 1.1
Interface 1. an ExpressCard/34 Interface
2. single USB 3.0 port supporting both USB2 and USB 2 Devices
System Requirement Windows 7 / Vista / XP (32/64bit)
ExpressCard enable system with an available ExpressCard slot
Maximum Interface Transfer Rate
*Power Supply
Y type USB 5V DC power supply Cable (80cm, black color)
Dimensions (L x W x D) 75 x 34 x 5mm
Weight 28g
Operating Temperature 0~40 Celsius
Storage Temperature 0~70 Celsius
Humidity 0~85% (Non-Condesing)
Accessories Optional USB3.0 Y type Cable (Normal A + USB power to micro B) not included
Incombustibility UL94V-0
RoHS Compliant Yes
Model Number GM-EXCU3

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