USB 3.0 Standard to Increase Data Throughput to 10Gbps

Jan 10, 2013

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announces a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) enhancement that will add a much higher data rate, increasing data throughput performance to 10Gbps.

Specifically, the 10Gbps SuperSpeed USB specification will define a 10Gbps SuperSpeed USB speed mode that extends the existing SuperSpeed definition to deliver twice the data throughput via enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables. This supplement to the USB 3.0 specification is expected by the middle of 2013.

Features of the new SuperSpeed USB solution include: compatibility with existing cables, connectors, hubs, and devices; improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer and improved I/O power efficiency; as well as compatibility with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols.

The 10 Gbps SuperSpeed USB update is targeted for a 45-day industry review period tentatively beginning February 7, 2012 and ending March 26, 2013. Additional information about the specification can be found at the USB Implementers Forum website. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group consists of Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments.

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