WHAT IS USB 3.0?

USB 3.0 is the second major revamp of well-known Universal Serial Bus created back in 1996. Several hundred of megabits seemed like enough for some time, then it was not enough anymore and USB 3.0 appeared promising even higher transfer rates (up to 4.8 Gbps), new power management feature, higher maximum bus power, higher speed connectors and cables that are also compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

It may seem that USB 2.0 is enough, but terabyte storage devices, high-megapixel cameras and others make 480 Mbps simply not sufficient. The fact that USB 3.0 makes data transfer speed about 10 times faster than it was possible before sounds amazing.

Some historical facts about USB 3.0:

  • 2008 USB 3.0 specifications introduced.
  • 2009 NEC ships world's first USB 3.0 host silicon; debut of SuperSpeed USB logo; Linux supports USB 3.0.
  • 2010At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the first certified USB 3.0 consumer products were announced.

Here are some examples of USB 3.0 devices:

With USB 3.0 external USB 3.0 hard drives were introduced, USB 3.0 adapters and docks, RAID boxes, flash drives, optical media drives, solid-state drives, USB 3.0 adapter cards and hubs, and the development doesn't stop here.

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