The Future of USB 3.0

April 12th, 2010

Forget 3D TVs and the insanely thin HDTVs flooding your local Best Buy. The latest buzz on the street in the consumer tech world has nothing to do with home entertainment but everything to do with daily technology usage. It's time for USB 3.0 AKA SuperSpeed USB. Similar to IOGEAR's USB 3.0 PCI-E card announcement at CES, many companies are unveiling their USB 3.0 integration. USB technology has always had a breakneck speed of adoption - just as USB 2.0 took over USB 1.0 technology in 2000, USB 3.0 will soon replace USB 2.0 and offer faster ports. How much faster will USB 3.0 be? Buckle up your seatbelt and try this - TEN times the speed of 2.0 technology!

Still hazy on the benefits of USB 3.0 over USB 2.0? To put it simply, USB or Universal Serial Bus, establishes a communication between devices such as computers, external hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice and more. By utilizing the latest 3.0 technology, these devices will transfer data at much faster rates allowing for more efficient and speedier communications, provided that both devices (ie PC and peripheral device) are 3.0 compliant. What does this mean for you? Quicker data transfers all around! It'll be easier and more convenient to transfer music, pictures or video to and from your various devices, allowing you to trade music, move files, work projects and multitask across several devices – all at speeds of up to 4.8 gbps! Full-duplex data transfers are also part of the USB 3.0 spec; a step up from half-duplex mode of USB 2.0. For those looking to move slowly over to this newer technology, never fear. USB 3.0 is completely compatible with the current USB 2.0, just as USB 2.0 is compatible with USB 1.0 & 1.1. IOGEAR is a leader in connectivity with its extensive KVM line, which allows users to control multiple devices with one piece of hardware. Everyday users already enjoy the popular USB Laptop KVM to conveniently control two computers seamlessly or the more tech-savvy customer may prefer the 4-Port Dual View Dual-Link DVI KVMP Switch with Audio, which allows users to easily access and control multiple computers from a single console running dual-displays. Look out for IOGEAR's 3.0 compliant technology, which will be rolled out later this year. With USB 3.0 technology, users will not only benefit from up to 10x greater transfer speeds, but the advancement also allows for lower demands on a PC's central processing unit (CPU).

It's time to speed up! Are YOU ready for USB 3.0? Cheers The IOGEAR team

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