The USB 3.0 technology is soon going to be replaced by USB 3.1. According to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the new USB 3.1 technology is going to be twice the time faster than the predecessor USB 3.0 which has been offering 5Gbps speed. This means that the new USB 3.1 will be working at 10Gbps.
Apart from offering high speed, the USB 3.1 also offers more power of up to 100W that can be passed on through USB cable. The specs of USB 3.1 were in the news only during the beginning of the year and since then there hasn’t been any significant change in it.
The existing devices that have USB 3.0 cannot be upgraded to USB 3.1 So, manufacturers will have to offer new chipsets and devices that offers USB 3.1 connectivity. Even though newer devices will come with USB 3.1, it will continue to offer backwards compatibility for previous versions of USB.
Products that will support USB 3.1 are expected to come out in the market in late 2014. And it will widely available in 2015. The USB 3.1 is referred to as SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps.
Intel will be launching Thunderbolt 2 products by the year end and if you go by the specs it will deliver speeds more than USB 3.1, still USB is going to be the preferred interface. Since implementing Thunderbolt involves lot of expenditure, many firms like Acer are offering USB 3.0 over Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is comparatively faster than USB 3.1. In reality, it two times faster than USB 3.1. However, only a handful of PCs use Thunderbolt and most of the PCs are powered with USB connectivity.
For those who are interested in making USB 3.1 supporting devices, the USB Implementers Forum is the perfect place to be part of developer conferences which will being on August 21.
The Vice President of Intel Architecture Group, Alex Peleg stated that the industry is ready for higher through-put for connecting various kinds of peripherals. He added that Intel is completely committed to it on request. Even HP’ CTO for Business PC Solutions, Tom Bonola has the specs of the USB 3.1 will allow their company to meet the ever-increasing requirements of the customers for quicker data transfer and still offer backward compatibility to existing devices.
The announcement of the USB 3.1 has come at such a time when USB 3.0 has still not replaced the older USB 2.0. So, we are unsure as about how soon we can see USB 3.1 supported devices in the market. Like the USB 3.0, it will take some time for USB 3.1 to replace older USB versions.