USB 3.0, the latest generation of USB technology, is expected to come to tablets and smartphones by the end of this year, 2012. You can find the latest tech in newer computers that are out on the market.
Just how fast is USB 3.0? First, how fast is USB 2.0? USB 2.0 has a maximum data transfer rate of 60 megabytes per second. USB 3.0 on the other hand has a maximum data transfer rate of 625 megabytes per second, about 10 times faster than the previous technology.
As USB 2.0 continues to be marked as obsolete, it’s just natural for USB 3.0 to come to all devices that require a USB connection. People require more storage, more data and with that, the faster speeds will allow consumers to transfer at far faster speeds.
What used to take minutes will now take significantly less time, mere seconds even, something that’s great for music lovers or those who simply need to transfer a good amount of data to their smartphone or tablet.
“Smartphones and tablets will likely get a MicroUSB port based on USB 3.0 technology to fit the small size of the devices, said Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB Implementers Forum during the CES trade show in Las Vegas.”
“The ports will enable faster data transfer between mobile devices and host devices such as PCs, some of which already have USB 3.0 ports. The data transfer rates will likely be 100 megabytes per second, or roughly 800 megabits per second (Mbps). Mobile devices currently use the older USB 2.0 technology, which is slower.”