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USB 3.0 about to get an injection of speed, will offer 10Gbps transfers and backwards compatibility, arrives in mid-2013

USB 3.0 to soon offer 10Gbps transfers, backwards compatibility - arrives in mid-2013

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 7, 2013 12:32 am CST

Currently USB 3.0 offers 5Gbps and with even cheap $150 SSDs offering read speeds of close to, or exceeding 500MB/sec, USB 3.0 is now... old. Well, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced that an upcoming enhancement for USB 3.0 is on its way and will:

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Add a much higher data rate, delivering up to twice the data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables.

We should expect this new injection of speed to hit USB 3.0 in the middle of the year, and will also include improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer as well as backward compatibility for current 5Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices, including USB 2.0-based hardware. We should hear more during CES, but it's great to see USB 3.0 being pumped up to 10Gbps, the future is looking mighty fast!

NEWS SOURCES:engadget.com

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