Friday, August 15, 2008

Intel Announces USB 3.0

In a press release this week, Intel announced that its “Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) draft specification revision 0.9 in support of the USB 3.0 architecture, also known as SuperSpeed USB” is now available. This means that there may be demos of the technology at next week's Intel Developers Forum.

The specs of USB 3.0 state speeds of up to 600 MB/s. That's an increase of over 10 times what we are currently getting with USB 2.0. In our world of ever expanding drives and file sizes this is very good news. However, you won't see these products until late 2009 at the latest.

In other developments dealing with speed, two weeks ago, the IEEE said that it has approved the IEEE 1394-2008 specification, which increases the interface bandwidth of IEEE1394, also known as Firewire and i.Link, to 3.2 Gb/s. That's smokin' fast.

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