updated 12:25 pm EDT, Wed June 9, 2010
3M USB 3 screen could handle video, more
3M at an event today showed the first example of a USB 3.0-based display. The 18.5-inch LCD is powered entirely by the bus, albeit over two ports, but should have much better refresh rates for video and other visually intensive tasks through the roughly 10 times larger, 5Gbps bandwidth versus USB 2.0's 480Mbps. The panel uses just 8W of power, or about half of what a similarly sized LCD would need.
The technology firm isn't known to have given a release schedule for when it or a third-party would start using USB 3.0 displays. DisplayLink has its own approach in development for later this year but still needs an AC adapter, making it impractical for notebooks. [via Pocket-lint]