Recently, revision 0.9 of the Extensible Host Controller Interface was announced in support of the USB 3.0 architecture. USB 3.0, also known as Super-Speed USB, will be 10 times as fast as USB 2.0 (High-Speed) due to the addition of a fiber-optic cable. Various groups, including AMD, Dell, NEC, and Microsoft, support a common xHCI specification and are likely to adopt Intel’s standard.
The draft specification is available under a royalty-free license in accordance with an xHCI contributor agreement. This should help promote the success of the new standard, and we should be seeing USB 3.0 devices within a year or two.
Intel’s press release is available here.
Okay, so I watched The Dark Knight at an IMAX cinema with a few friends yesterday morning. It was my first viewing, so I found the immersive experience rather overwhelming. I thought it was on par with the earlier Batman Begins, but most of my fellow viewers thought it totally blew them away. I must say that the characters were very well played and the progression of events was both rapid and fluid. However, the movie was less than fulfilling in some ways, and I had been trying to put my finger on it all day.
Something Batman Begins had that The Dark Knight is missing is sufficient character development. I understand that the sheer number of action scenes in the movie makes it difficult to completely flesh out each major character, but I feel that the movie might not have needed so much action. As such, The Dark Knight presents a moment frozen in time. To have a thorough understanding of the story, one must have additional information and processing time. There were scenes in the movie that exposed the workings of human nature quite well, and I would have liked to see more.
The Dark Knight had huge ambitions; for a two-and-a-half-hour-long movie, I think it made the best of its tight time budget. Nonetheless, I felt the movie was worth watching, and the IMAX presentation does it justice; so instead of exposing its details, I’d recommend interested readers to watch the movie personally.