USB What ?

The Industry now appears to be doing the same thing to USB as they recently did to Wifi. As indicated in my previous article on the subject, they have renamed all the previous versions for more logical and supposedly easier understanding by the public. Well get ready for more of the same where USB is concerned. The USB 3.0 standard was eventually re-branded to USB 3.1 Gen 1 . USB 3.2 is about to come out, and the Group USB-IF (Implementers Forum) has decided that it is necessary to spell out the various iterations or versions for the Public to understand. So Here goes, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (formerly known as USB 3.0), which offers speeds up to 5 Gbps, will be rebranded into USB 3.2 Gen 1 while USB 3.1 Gen 2, which supports communication rates up to 10 Gbps, will be called USB 3.2 Gen 2 moving forward. Since USB 3.2 has double the throughput (20 Gbps) of USB 3.1 Gen 2, the updated standard has been designated as USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. In order to achieve a data transfer rate of 20 Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 employs up to two high-speed 10 Gbps channels. Are you with me so far, next As noted by the USB-IF, conventional USB hosts and devices were designed as single-lane solutions. USB Type-C cables, on the other hand, support multi-lane operations that open the doors for scalable performance. As a result, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 is only possible over the USB Type-C connection. To avoid overwhelming the consumer with technicalities, USB-IF suggested a separate marketing nomenclature for each standard. USB 3.2 Gen 1 should be identified as SuperSpeed USB while USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 are labeled as SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps and SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps, respectively. There is no actual date set for when USB 3.2 devices will arrive. Some think they might come out later this year, but it could be much longer. Either way, it’ll probably be a bit before the standard catches on in the motherboard space since manufacturers would have to incorporate third-party USB 3.2 controllers into their products. So basically this is just a heads-up for those planning on spending to Upgrade in the near future.

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