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