USB 3.0 Promoter Group Doubles Bandwidth With USB 3.2 Update

USB 3.0 Promoter Group Doubles Bandwidth With USB 3.2 Update

USB 3.0 Promoter Group Doubles Bandwidth With USB 3.2 Update

USB 3.2 is created to deliver "the next level of performance", twice the bandwidth of USB 3.1 over existing USB Type-C cables.

Unlike micro and miniUSB, however, USB-C has been created to replace both ends of the cable. That's what the USB-IF is promising for its newly announced USB 3.2 specification. Best of all, since USB Type-C cables were already created to support multi-lane operation, you won't have to replace them when the new spec is launched. However, what you won't require is a new cable. There was much more margin for error prior to USB Type-C. One of the most compelling features of USB Type-C is that it can be used for more than just USB signalling; other protocols such as Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort can use the same ports and the same cabling.

USB-C can carry data across numerous connections such as Apple's Thunderbolt, Displayport, HDMI, and, of course, USB 3.1 - which is now the official data transfer standard for USB-C. With SuperSpeed-certified cables and a USB 3.2 host (meaning the thing you're plugging into), you can push 2GB across the connection each second.

With the USB 3.2 update to USB-C, this standard port and cable combo can now deliver double the performance using the same cables.

However, the devices you're using will have to support the newest USB hardware and come with the modern USB-C connectors.

Now, with the upcoming release of USB 3.2 specification by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the capabilities of the Type-C connectors have become greater than before.

As the USB Promoter Group explains: "A USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will now be capable of realising over 2 GB/sec data transfer performance over an existing USB Type-C cable that is certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps". However, in the case of USB 3.2, the theoretical bandwidth cap would max out at 20Gbps. If the correct table is being used, it will offer the promised data transfer speed.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today detailed in a press release that USB 3.2 will be able to double the performance by taking advantage of multi-lane operations.

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