Th new USB port will increase transfer speed, charge desktops, and save the planet from energy waste; all in a days work
Intel announced that the next version of USB, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed , will be a major upgrade from the traditional USB we’ve all come to know and love. The new technology, developed in by Intel’s team in Israel, will not only boost the transfer speed of files to apparent comic book levels, but will also provide a higher voltage to devices, expanding the size of the device type it will be able to power. So we’re talking super speed, and super power.
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In the future upgrade, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed will offer entry port capacities of 10 watts, all the way up to 100 watts, with a maximum transfer rate of 20 volts at 5 mA. Ports will be available to users in a variety of voltages depending on their individual needs. One of the main driving forces behind the current upgrade was to increase the device relevance when it comes to using USB’s as a charging option, expanding from mobile, to laptops and even desktops. The new entry ports will not fully phase out the old ones just yet, leaving you with some old school USB ports on the sides of your computer for mobile and other small devices, freeing up the 3.0’s for the big jobs.
Another awesome advantage of increasing the voltage is that users will be able to operate multiple devices from one 3.0 port using a splitter. Can you say ‘Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!’
TV manufacturers will also be able to incorporate the new ports into their future sets, allowing users to connect their computers directly to their living room monitors, without dealing with tangled wires all over the place and trying to decide what they can unplug to free up an outlet.
Jeff Ravencraft, president of the USB Implementers Forum, said that the USB 3.0 upgrade would change the way computers, peripherals and even HD TVs consume and transmit power. Integration of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 will allow users to transfer audio and video as it’s usually done today, but will also allow them to recharge and operate a variety of devices. In addition to saving space, the new standard will help avoid the massive amounts of energy waste as a result of chargers or other devices being permanently affixed to outlets, even when they’re not in use.
And let’s not forget the basic difference of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed – the speed. 3.0 will offer a rate of 10 gigabytes per second compared to the 5 GB available today. While it’s still slow compared to Thunderbolt’s crazy 20 gigabytes per second, it’s still a significant upgrade from USB performance up until now.
The speed, the versatility, the potential to save the global device community from significant amounts of energy waste: Sounds like a job for…USB 3.0 SuperSpeed!
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