USB 3.0 Web Cams : SuperSpeed HD Webcams

USB 3.0 Mac Transition

Undoubtedly the recent introduction of USB 3.0 interfaces on Apple MacBook notebook computer models is a very important step to the future of SuperSpeed webcams, peripherals and accessories for Macintosh personal computer owners. Allowing up to 10 times the potential speed bandwidth over USB 2.0 speeds, USB 3 really promises to supply far better performance for a far-reaching variety of home computer peripherals. And it's backward compatibility with legacy USB 2.0 webcams and accessories insures it will be a relatively untroubled transition to the SuperSpeed future.

Apple is currently shipping dual USB 3.0 Apple MacBooks Air, MacBook Pro, and the new Retina Display MacBook Pro models. It's expected that prior to the end of 2012 Apple will certainly also be modifying it's iMac and Mac mini desktop computers to incorporate USB 3.0 ports. Apple has also indicated that in early next year the Macintosh Pro tower will get a significant revision that will offer both ThunderBolt and USB 3 interface enhancements.

Aside from USB 3.0 cabling, internal cards, and USB multi-port hubs, the external hard disk marketplace for mobile or portable and desktop data backup drives has already engaged in the transition to USB 3.0 interface. A large variety of SuperSpeed back-up solutions are already on the market, and that includes things like USB 3.0 flash card readers and very fast USB3 thumb drives.

A growing selection of various other kinds of USB 3.0 enabled Mac personal computer accessories have yet to reach the market. Nevertheless, we can expect additional components such as USB 3.0 printers and scanning devices, USB 3.0 computer TV tuners, web cams, and SuperSpeed music, audio and video recording gear to reach the market place in the months ahead that will be good for both Macintosh and Windows PC consumers as USB 3.0 availability explodes across the computing landscape.

USB 3.0 Webcams To Bring Full 1080p HD Conferencing

With headquarters in San Diego, California, Nefsis is a specialist in video conferencing software and delivers the 1st cloud-based video conferencing solution to deliver multi-point HD quality to desktop computers and conference room setups.

"USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0, but it can transfer data at ten times the speed. At present, USB 2.0 limits webcams to HD 720p, continuous video calling. The advent of 3.0 will remove that limitation, enabling HD 1080p at standard frame rates, including 30 progressive and 60 progressive frames per second. This is a substantial enabling technology for video conferencing as it will usher in the highest quality, full motion HD at prevailing webcam pricing and consumer electronics economies of scale."

Currently, Nefsis supports the use of video peripherals including USB 2.0 webcams (720p), And will be ready for future USB 3.0 webcams (1080p) using virtually any Windows compatible video source.

CES 2011 - USB3 Products On Show

At CES 2011 - 3D televsion and tablet computing was all the rage. There were some decent USB 3.0 product announcements from USB3 chipset makers, to external storage and drive manufacturers, and a good number of PC laptop and USB3 enabled NetBook makers announcing new models with built-in SuperSpeed ports.

Logitech Eyeing On-Board Webcam Compression?

The good folk over at EverythingUSB hav an interesting post about an upcoming HD webcam from Logitech.

"...Logitech's B990 HD webcam with dual-mic will feature onboard H.264 encoder which keeps CPU processing to a minimum. We presume it will closely match the specs of the Logitech HD C910 Pro Webcam except the former will feature hardware video encoding."

For those who've tried true HD video chat cams; They aren't joking when they recommend dual-core CPU's up near the 3Ghz range. On lesser machines, the full-screen HD frame-rates can be abysmal. So the prospect of a high-end Logitech cam with some encoding horsepower onboard will be a welcome step forward in the world of videoconferencing.

USB 3.0 To Enable Uncompressed Video HD Webcams

This photo of Point Grey's prototype USB3 webcam has become the poster-child for what's ahead in the inevitable USB 3.0 web camera market.

Video Cameras will start using USB 3.0. In late 2009, Point Grey demonstrated a high-definition Webcam that uses a USB3 interface. Unlike current USB Webcams, a USB 3.0 camera does not necessarily have to compress the video before sending it to the PC. That's an important distinction: USB 2.0 has seemed to be adequate for even HD video conferencing - but only because compression enabled it to do so. SuperSpeed USB3 is fast enough to meet the demands to transmit the raw, uncompressed HD video stream to the PC for capture. How well our current Dual-Core processor computers can handle this much data per second is another matter... for another blog post.