Well that was fast! Remember how earlier this year, around January, the trade organization working behind Universal Serial Bus announced that they will be upgrading the specifications of SuperSpeed USB 3.0? In a very recent report, USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced that they are now all set to release what will be called USB 3.1 (also referred to as SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps).
The new USB 3.1 specs are astonishing. It will have tremendous speed capabilities of 10 gigabytes per second, a record twice better than that of USB 3.0. It will have more efficient data encoding capacities, and will ensure backward compatibility with its predecessors USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices and software stacks. So if you are stuck with an older version of USB, it won’t be a problem at all. But of course, you cannot expect it to work at its maximum potential.
USB is now at par with its competitor – Thunderbolt – which already moves data at 10 Gbps. The main problem with Thunderbolt is that while it appears in most of your adored Apple devices, it is rather out of budget for most of us. Devices running on USB 3.0 are less expensive than Thunderbolt-run devices but some people opt for Thunderbolt because of its read-write capacities and choose to just suck up on the rather impractical price. With the coming of USB 3.1, you can now work more efficiently without the need to overspend. Unless of course, you still prefer it to find something faster. If that’s the case, Thunderbolt 2 is promising speeds of up to 20 Gbps and it’s expected to come out before the end of the year.
But people love not only because it’s cheaper – it’s also universal. This is apparent in the thousands of new USB devices developed every year, coming out in more interesting designs and specs week after week. Not to mention that these USB devices are developed from basically all corners of the world.
The first USB 3.1 devices are expected to be launched in 2014 and we can’t wait to showcase those devices to you here in All USB which we think will most probably make noise in the coming CES 2014.
Initial developer sessions are set to commence somewhere around the 21st of August in Hillsboro, Oregon. Developers in Europe may attend the session in October in Dublin, Ireland while Asian developers will have their moment in early December.