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Double-speed USB 3.0 to arrive next year

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    Double-speed USB 3.0 to arrive next year


    Computing industry powers are doubling the data-transfer speed of USB 3.0 from today's 5 gigabits per second rate to 10Gbps.

    The move will uncork speed bottlenecks of external SSD storage devices, open up options such second monitors, and help confine the even faster Thunderbolt interface to a high-end niche.

    But it won't happen immediately. The specification should be done in mid-2013, which "will enable initial products to appear in late 2014 with a much broader availability of products in 2015," according to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which announced the faster Universal Serial Bus work today at the CES show.


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    Double-speed USB 3.0 to arrive next year | Best of CES 2013 - CNET Blogs

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    Wait.....

    Does this mean EXISTING PCs with USB 3 will be receiving an updated chipset controller or something to enable those ports to achieve their actual throughput or does this mean there's a USB 3 revision that will be only be exploited by newer hardware?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Wait.....

    Does this mean EXISTING PCs with USB 3 will be receiving an updated chipset controller or something to enable those ports to achieve their actual throughput or does this mean there's a USB 3 revision that will be only be exploited by newer hardware?
    Don't quote me on this, but from what I have been reading it appears it is going to be a driver update.
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    From the article:

    >To take advantage of the double-speed USB 3.0 interface, devices such as computers, hubs, and digital cameras will need new USB controller hardware.<

    It will be backwards compatible with current USB 3 devices though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    From the article:

    >To take advantage of the double-speed USB 3.0 interface, devices such as computers, hubs, and digital cameras will need new USB controller hardware.<

    It will be backwards compatible with current USB 3 devices though.
    That is sad just after buying a new computer with USB 3.0 along with a USB 3 pci-e card. The way the world of . . .
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    Hence the reason that I absolutely HATE the term "futureproofing". It just makes no sense whatsoever. I've only got a couple of devices that have USB 3.0 and I don't use it for high speed stuff anyway....my boxes have eSata and that's what I use for my large external transfers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    It will be backwards compatible with current USB 3 devices though.
    But the older 3.0 devices will most likely not receive the speed boost.
    That requires the probably new modified frequencies and voltages only available in newer hardware.

    So, new drivers alone won't help, you needs new devices.

    Will it be called USB 3.1 then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    That is sad just after buying a new computer with USB 3.0 along with a USB 3 pci-e card. The way the world of . . .
    I feel the same. You just get the new stuff and: "there's a new kid in town, everybody loves him..." our stuff gets old again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    It will be backwards compatible with current USB 3 devices though.
    But the older 3.0 devices will most likely not receive the speed boost.
    That requires the probably new modified frequencies and voltages only available in newer hardware.


    So IMO, new drivers alone won't help, you needs new devices.

    Will it be called USB 3.1 then?
    Yes, what I meant was your current USB 3 device will work (at the lower speed) in the new USB 3 port. Just like a USB 2 device will run at lower speed in the current USB 3 ports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    It will be backwards compatible with current USB 3 devices though.
    But the older 3.0 devices will most likely not receive the speed boost.
    That requires the probably new modified frequencies and voltages only available in newer hardware.


    So IMO, new drivers alone won't help, you needs new devices.

    Will it be called USB 3.1 then?
    Yes, what I meant was your current USB 3 device will work (at the lower speed) in the new USB 3 port. Just like a USB 2 device will run at lower speed in the current USB 3 ports.
    Yes. I see it.
    At least we can keep our devices. I wasn't using the top speed anyway.
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