Saturday, November 15, 2008

Superspeed USB 3.0 is set to Arrive Next Week

At long last, USB 3.0 is coming. After almost 3 years of development punctuated by starts and stops, the amazingly fast 3rd generation of Universal Serial Bus, is set to be shown to the world. The announcement will be made Monday at the first SuperSpeed USB Developer Conference in San Jose, CA. The excitement is due to the incredible high speed data transfer that the new standard is said to deliver.

A rumored speed of 4.8GPS will make USB 3.0 a must have for those of us with tons of data to transfer or backup. The new BUS speed will blow you away with it's speed. WinHEC 2008 has a a brief performance comparison sample for data transfer of 25GB HD movie:

  • USB 1.0: 9.3 hours
  • USB 2.0: 13.9 minutes
  • USB 3.0: 70 seconds
This means that rather than replicating your image database, most offices could creat a fresh backup every night and have it take less than 3 minutes to transfer. Scary huh?

I say bring it on. I've got lots of gigs to transfer & backup.

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