USB 3.0 SuperSpeed set to double up the Speed
I just read a Press Release on usb.org that The USB 3.0 Promoter Group are working on development of a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) enhancement that will add a much higher data rate. They are taking about up to twice the data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB 3.0…!!! The news was released at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. This supplement to the existing USB 3.0 specification is expected to be completed by the middle of this year (2013)
Key characteristics of the higher-rate SuperSpeed USB solution:
- New 10 Gbps USB data rate.
- Compatibility with existing cables and connectors.
- Improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer leading to higher throughput and improved I/O power efficiency.
- Compatible with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols.
- Compatible with both existing 5 Gbps and new 10 Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices, as well as USB 2.0 products.
This upgrade will push the speed of USB to compete with the Thunderbolt™ Technology most known from the Apple MacBook Pro.
About the USB 3.0 Promoter Group
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised of Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, developed the USB 3.0
Specification that was released in November 2008. In addition to maintaining and enhancing this specification, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group develops specification addendums to extend or adapt its specifications to support more platform types or use cases where adopting USB 3.0 technology will be beneficial in delivering a more ubiquitous, richer user experience.
I don’t know about you guys, but I really love the upgrade from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0. The fact that they are already ready to upgrade the specification to double the speed. I just think it would be a lot easier if the called it USB 4.0 or maybe USB 3.5 to make it easier for everyone. What do you think? Please leave me a comment below.