USB 3.0: Faster, Smaller

USB 3.0 ports will come to smartphones and tablets by the end of the year, the USB standards setting organization said on Sunday.

USB 3.0 allows for data transfer rates up to 625 MB/s, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 , whose maximum data transfer speed is around 60 MB/s.

Smartphones and tablets will likely get a MicroUSB port based on USB 3.0 technology, said Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB Implementers Forum during the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The data transfer rates will likely be 100 megabytes per second (MB/s), or roughly 800 megabits per second (Mbps).

USB On-The-Go makes it possible for two USB devices to communicate with each other without requiring a separate USB host. In practice, one of the USB devices acts as a host for the other device.

USB 3.0 add SuperSpeed capability to USB On-The-Go and is released as part of the USB 3.0 Specification package.

“The height of [laptops] is being limited by VGA, and we’re next in line,” said Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB Implementers Forum during the CES trade show in Las Vegas today.

Intel has already said it intends to push USB 3.0 rival Thunderbolt technology to mobile devices. However, many PCs that were introduced recently have both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, signaling the coexistence of both technologies.

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