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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: Yay
By menting on 7/2/2009 11:19:06 AM , Rating: 2
i'm sort of in the same boat as you. I've been looking to upgrade my computer (which is about 5-6 yrs old), and the release of Windows 7 and Core i5 in sept/oct timeframe seems like a perfect time to upgrade.
I'm wondering however, how long it'll take before USB3.0 trickles down the the midrange motherboards and becomes a standard there? Same for SATA III. Chances are it won't even be available on high end boards when I upgrade, which is a shame since I'm hoping to not have to upgrade again in another 4-5 yrs.

RE: Yay
By Silver2k7 on 7/2/2009 11:23:40 AM , Rating: 2
Same with EFI wich was about to replace the 20+ years old BIOS... Vista started supporting it with SP1.. but where are the motherboards!!

RE: Yay
By Parhel on 7/2/2009 11:31:31 AM , Rating: 2
I'm typically an enthusiast who upgrades yearly with each generation. But right now I have a Core2 Duo @ 4.0Ghz and 4Gb of RAM, and I think I've reached a point where my system is . . . just . . . . fast enough. I can't believe I just said that.

I don't think I'm going to worry about upgrading for a while. At least not just for speed. Once USB 3.0 is standard, SSDs and BluRay are cheaper and more mature, and DirectX 11 cards are out, I'll start thinking about it.

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