10 Gbps USB 3.1 arrives August 21st

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2013 - 12:56 PM |
Tagged: superspeed usb, usb 3.1, backwards compatible

The upgrade will not make the previous generation of USB 3.0 faster but it will be completely compatible with existing USB ports.  At 10Gbps transfer it is noticeably faster than the previous generation and sits at about half of the speed of the new Thunderbolt interface.  It will be adopted more broadly that Thunderbolt, at least until Intel can get their price under control as USB does not increase the price of a motherboard nor does a USB cable cost more than a couple of dollars.  There are some tricks that Thunderbolt can do, such as daisy chaining, but with the limited number of motherboards and devices that support Intel's interface a new USB device that can manage half the speed at a fraction the cost is going to be a far more popular solution.  Check out The Register for more.

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"The upgrade comes in the form of a .1 release, USB 3.1, that is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 kit. The new speed will only be achievable with kit using USB 3.1, but such products will work just fine in older USB ports."

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Speeding up USB 3.0 with new hardware

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2013 - 03:59 PM |
Tagged: usb 3.0, superspeed usb, 10 Gbps

USB 3.0 will be getting a speed boost in the near future, with theoretical speeds of up to 10Gbps which makes it a decent competitor against Thunderbolt.  We won't see this new speed on existing devices though as this is a change to the hardware on both the connector and the cable, as opposed to a software upgrade.  They will retain their backwards compatibility for those who are still stuck on USB 2.0, but with transfer speeds this quick it makes a very compelling argument for finally upgrading to a system with USB 3.0 ... just wait until the new devices arrive.  More at Slashdot.

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"The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has used CES 2013 to announce an enhancement to the USB 3.0 (aka SuperSpeed USB) standard that will see the throughput performance of USB 3.0 double from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. The speed boost will come courtesy of enhanced USB connectors and cables that are fully backward compatible with existing USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. The 10 Gbps SuperSpeed USB update (pdf) is up for industry review during the first quarter of 2013, with completion of the standard expected by the middle of the year."

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