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The PC world is quickly preparing for USB 3.0

News reports from Asia indicate PCs with USB 3.0 will be shipping to consumers before the end of 2009.

USB 3.0, with speeds 10 times faster than USB 2.0, will offer transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits of data per second.  Manufacturers are expected to introduce a new generation of USB flash drives, external hard drives, and other devices that will make use of the significantly faster transfer speeds.

NEC Electronics is expected to lead the pack among companies adopting USB 3.0, with the company recently becoming the first to introduce a USB 3.0 controller.  The company began shipping host controller samples last month, and in September will begin manufacturing an expected one million units per month.

In 2007, Intel unveiled USB 3.0 during its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference, but was accused by AMD and NVIDIA of keeping the open host controller specifications a secret to create an unfair advantage against competitors.  Intel later released the open host controller specifications in November 2007, with companies expected about the increased speed of the technology.

There has been some talk about whether or not the PC industry will be ready for USB 3.0.  During the SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference, held two months ago in May, manufacturers outlined their aspirations to utilize the superior USB 3.0 -- devices also were shown to be faster than eSATA, which offers 3Gbits/s transfer speed.

NEC anticipates 140 million PCs will ship in 2011 utilizing USB 3.0, with that number expected to climb up to 340 million in 2012.  Microsoft Windows 7, which launches in October, will not support the standard at launch, but will add in support later.

Both home users and businesses will benefit by using the faster technology, with large-scale data backup becoming much faster thanks to the 5Gbit/s transfer speeds.  Expect external HDDs with increased storage capacity from Western Digital, Seagate, Iomega, and other companies specializing in storage.

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RE: Meh
By Shig on 7/2/2009 10:23:59 AM , Rating: 2
Bah, wires are obsolete. I need these speeds on a full wireless system :)

RE: Meh
By MrBlastman on 7/2/2009 11:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
Microwaves, electrons in my cranium! *puts on tinfoil hat*

Seriously though wireless is the future, I just think we are a little ways away from (what would be super cool) wireless USB Thumbdrive devices. I wish I could upgrade my existing ports to 3.0 without a mobo swap-out. :( Perhaps they'll have a PCI-x minicard for it.

RE: Meh
By TomZ on 7/2/2009 11:16:33 AM , Rating: 3
Wireless is nice, but copper will always be faster. Because of this, I don't expect wired connections to become obsolete any time in the near future.

RE: Meh
By Souka on 7/2/2009 11:25:14 AM , Rating: 2
how about more reliable also...

besides, in a thumbdrive a copper connector will be smaller than a battery and wi-fi chip to power the "thumbdrive"...

Oh...and how would you charge the battery? oh yeah, plug it into your computer... heh


RE: Meh
By MrBlastman on 7/2/2009 12:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
Really what I would like to see is an advancement in technology that allows devices to be powered... wirelessly - much like what Nikola Tesla was working on before his death, albeit on a smaller scale.

RE: Meh
By mmnno on 7/3/2009 5:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
This already happened right? IIRC David Pogue reviewed a system that enabled a user to recharge mobile devices by setting them down on a pad that provides power to them somehow. It's not free-roaming, but it is wireless.

RE: Meh
By georges1977 on 7/6/2009 12:19:48 AM , Rating: 2
Electric toothbrushes have had similar charging docks for ages - like you say, wireless, but not truely free roaming. (I assume these work with some kind of induction loop?)

free-roaming would be cool though - can't be far off...

RE: Meh
By Jeffk464 on 7/2/2009 7:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering about that, but is the pci interface fast enough?

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