USB 3.0 spec to arrive next year

First there was USB 1.0. Then there was USB 2.0. Can you guess what’s next? That’s right: USB 3.0. At the Fall IDF show in San Francisco, a consortium of vendors including Intel, Microsoft, HP, TI, NEC and NXP announced that a USB 3.0 spec would be released during the first half of 2008. The new spec will add a second fiber-optic channel to compliment USB 2.0’s copper channel, boosting “data transfer rates more than 10 times” while maintaining backwards compatibility. That should finally put the old Firewire/USB argument to rest but don’t throw out those Firewire 800 cables yet–though the spec is expected next year, USB 3.0 devices probably won’t become commonplace until 2009 or 2010.

For more on the coming spec:
– see this Crave article

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