Data Transfer Rates to Jump With USB 3.0
A standards group on Monday released specifications for a new Universal Serial Bus standard that could speed up data transfers between computers and devices such as digital cameras and flash drives. The USB 3.0 specification increases bandwidth and transfers data between devices close to 10 times quicker than its predecessor, USB 2.0, said Jeff Ravencraft, president of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and senior technology strategist at Intel, during a speech at the USB Superspeed Developers Conference in San Jose, California. USB ports are used to connect host devices, such as PCs, to other devices such as printers and storage drives. While USB 2.0 provides transfer rates that are enough for most devices today, USB 3.0 will be used in future devices that are more portable and as the use of multimedia applications such as video proliferates, Ravencraft said.
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