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USB 3.0 coming soon

Intel and others plan to replace the ubiquitous and speedy USB 2.0 serial technology by releasing the specifications of the next version of USB in the first half of 2008. <br /><br /> Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Pat Gelsinger, general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, said:

Intel and others plan to replace the ubiquitous and speedy USB 2.0 serial technology by releasing the specifications of the next version of USB in the first half of 2008.

Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Pat Gelsinger, general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, said:

Intel is working fellow USB 3.0 Promoters Group members Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, NEC and NXP Semiconductors to release the USB 3.0 specification in the first half of 2008.

Here is a summary of the key features in USB 3.0:

  • Up to 10 times faster, or about 4.8 gigabits per second
  • Offers greater energy efficiency
  • Has backward compatibility
  • Comes with either optical and/or copper connections

Before you get too excited, note that there's typically a one- to two-year lag between the release of specifications and the actual arrival of the technology. However, Intel does have a working prototype at the IDF right now.

You can read more about the report at CNET News Blog.

In the meantime, perhaps you can share with us what you would use USB 3.0 for.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

9 comments
iam4u3
iam4u3

i think this is a great idea and would be so beneficial to many users, especially mobile users. with this we will expect to see much much larger flash drives such as 64gb, it sounds much for a flash drives but with such gignatic and super fast transfer times it will be like "speed, something of the past". great news though.

unhappyuser
unhappyuser

It will be good for data transfer to external hard drives or memory sticks. Faster will definitely be better. EMD

pweegar
pweegar

High speed document scanning will also be one area that will greatly benefit from a higher through put. Also eliminates the need for add on SCSi cards that may not fit well in a small pc case.

links
links

boot an OS from the new USB drives...Already have something like 16 GB capacities...definitely enough for Windows XP and Linux distros... If, USB 3.0 is as they claim 10 times faster and not just in theory but in practice then that will be pretty darn impressice but I'll have to see it to believe it. LTO tapes

arnop
arnop

We are a cable manufacturer and of course we are interested what the exact specifications are so that we can prepare our selves for 2008. www.vanga.com

hameed_seema30
hameed_seema30

definitely it will meet the customer satisfaction with 10 times faster than the existing.

paulmah
paulmah

Share with us what you would use USB 3.0 for.

supremelaw
supremelaw

We would use a 3.0 thumb drive to restore a drive image of C: to a Memory-Resident File System aka "MRFS" (patent pending). Sincerely yours, /s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell, Inventor and Systems Development Consultant All Rights Reserved without Prejudice

malbadr
malbadr

One benefit is faster external HD transmittion

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