Monday, February 1, 2010

This is what USB 3.0 looks like...

For the longest time now, USB 2.0 has been the USB speed standard - released in April 2000, USB 2.0 has a maximum speed of 480 Mbit/s, which is pretty quick.
Walk into any tech store and you will spot one of these logos in a matter of seconds:
Yup - that's the "Hi Speed" logo used by USB 2.0
Well you better watch out for the next generation of USB devices - look out for these logos cropping up on electronics in the very near future:

2010 is the year of USB 3.0, and consumer devices are already rolling out featuring the new "SuperSpeed" spec. 
USB 3.0 will theoretically run at speeds of 3.2 Gbit/s, which is crazy fast (approx. 10 times the speed of USB 2.0) in terms of moving huge chunks of data around.
Currently I have spotted the following manufacturers (among many) pushing out USB 3.0 compatible products:

- Western Digital (External Hard Drives)
- Asus (Motherboards)
- Seagate (Portable Hard Drives)
- Gigabyte (Motherboards)

Seems like Intel and AMD will be holding off for the time being for various reasons - read more on it here.


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