"That means we'll be able to rip music, video, photos from the
vast array of peripherals we connect to our computers much more
quickly, and it makes such up-and-coming devices as HD video
cameras that much more practical.
"USB 3.0 will also deliver greater power efficiency and the
ability to recharge a wider variety of gadgets — and it will
most likely mean the death of the competing standard known as
"To get a sense of the speed increase, consider this: Under USB
2.0 it takes about 10 minutes to transfer a high-def video from a
Blu-ray disc. With USB 3.0, it will take just about a minute.
"What the user will see is really a much faster response time,
less waiting, more productivity," says Patrick Moorhead, vice
president of advanced marketing at AMD, one of the supporters of
the USB 3.0 standard."