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Higher Speed USB 3.0 Standard to Mobile Phones by End of 2012

|January 9 2012 |Industry News, CES 2012


The next generation (micro) USB ports will land on mobile devices by late 2012 or early 2013, said the USB Implementers Forum. Both the mobile phones and tablets will get equipped with the higher speed USB 3.0. However, these aren't super fast (5GBPS) as promised in the raw specifications. The mobile phone devices, ported with USB 3.0 will likely to get speeds around 800 megabits per second. "What takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds," Rahman Ismail said of the USB Implementers Forums explained. The current USB 2.0 specification allows for much lower speeds.

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According to the Forum, the battery charging will be much faster with the new standard. Though, the transferring of files is much easier, the port require more power when compared to the standard version. This doesn't profit the mobile and portable device manufacturers. The USB 3.0 on smartphones and tablets will be backward compatible with USB 2.0 on host devices.

Rahman Ismail says, "It's not the failure of USB per se, it's just that in tablets they are not looking to put the biggest, fastest things inside a tablet. Since, the height of [laptops] is being limited by VGA, and we're next in line. We're coming out with new specs, new areas where we will make it very power efficient, power friendly."


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