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Intel has announced that it will introduce USB 3.0 next year, a standard that should be ten times faster than USB 2.0. Intel says that the speed boost is made possible by using fiber-optics in addition to the regular wires. And yes, the USB 3.0 port will be backwards-compatible with current USB ones. If Intel knows one thing, it’s that backwards-compatibility is key to evolving technology.
Current hard-drives, mouse and printers are probably too limited to make use of the new 4.8 Gigabit/sec bandwidth, but we could use the bandwidth to transport HD video signals and other intensive data migration.
Although USB 3 should work in 2008, it will take a couple more years to develop products.Follow:ComputersTop Stories