What you need to know about USB 3.0

Here’s some of the highlights:
  • USB 2.0 is 480mbps; USB 3.0 is 3.2/4.8gbps (practical/max)
  • Duplex communication – can send/recieve at the same time, unlike 2.0
  • Power ouput will go from 500 milliamp to 900 milliamp, which will allow for more devices and more power-hungry devices
  • It’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices/cables. Although you need a USB 3.0 cable to actually get 3.0 features.
  • You will be able to buy adapter cards for $30-$50 to support USB 3.0
  • Windows 7 doesn’t natively support it now, but promises too
  • Cards and devices will start to become available in early 2010
Posted in New Technology, Uncategorized
2 comments on “What you need to know about USB 3.0
  1. John says:

    Not to be nitpicky, but if USB3 is Duplex, won’t they have to change the name from Universal SERIAL Bus to Universal Parallel Bus?I hope it catches on. I put a lot of faith in FireWire when it came out, but it never took off!John


  2. Robert says:

    Yeah! It SHOULD be UPB!!


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