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USB 3.0: Everything You Need to Know

Aug 26, 2010, 12:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Lane)

"After a lengthy gestation period, the third generation of the Universal Serial Bus is making its way to the market. But is it already obsolete?

"Consumer electronics and computer vendors used the Consumer Electronics Show this past January to launch USB 3.0, an update to the popular standard external data transfer interface. The new speed of USB 3.0 generated a lot of interest.

"The Universal Serial Bus (USB) has done wonders for creating a standard interface on PCs. Prior to the USB port, PCs were a mishmash of various proprietary ports, often single-vendor efforts. There was no effective means for transferring files between two PCs. If you've been around PCs long enough, you remember LapLink, for transferring files between two PCs, a popular application that relied on proprietary software and a thick cable connected to the serial port."

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