First affordable USB 3.0 options arrive

Active Media, which is best known for SSD and USB storage, has announced two reasonably-priced solutions to upgrade existing laptop and desktop kit to the new USB 3.0 Superspeed standard.

Atomix PX is a two port USB 3.0 adapter card with a PCI Express (PCIe) interface that works in virtually any desktop PC with an available PCIe slot.

Atomix EC is a two port USB 3.0 adapter card with an Express Card interface that works in most laptops that have an Express Card slot.

"These adapters were designed to facilitate the migration to USB 3.0 by offering a quick and easy upgrade path for most existing desktops and laptops", Active Media Products' VP of Sales, Jerry Thomson said in a statement.

USB 3.0 supports up to 4.8 Gbits/sec bandwidth, ten times faster than USB 2.0. These cards are also fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices. Both adapters feature supplemental power input jacks to support power hungry USB 3.0 peripherals.

Both upgrade cards are available now through Amazon worldwide for under $40.

UK pricing and availablity is not yet known.

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