We’ve been stuck with the USB 2.0 standard for quite some time now, so just as every other standard gets upgrades, so will it. According to the USB 3.0 Promoters Group, the new specification should be ready during the first half of 2008 with USB 3.0 devices getting developed and released shortly thereafter.
Among the members of the USB 3.0 Promoters Group are such enormous names as Intel, Microsoft, HP, Texas Instruments, NEC, and NXP. Yes, we’re talking about the biggest hitters in the industry here, so you know that the new standard will come with plenty of financial backing. They say that they’ve managed to improve on USB 2.0’s 480Mbps by adding a second fiber-optic channel on top of the existing copper channel.
USB 3.0 ports will still support legacy USB 2.0 devices, but the new spec should be able to bump the transfer speed to 4.8Gbps, representing a ten-fold increase.