The USB 3.0 Promoter Group yesterday announced the completion of the USB3.1 Specification, the specification adds enhancements to enable SuperSpeed USB to run at speeds of up to 10Gbps.

The new SuperSpeed 10Gbps USB uses more efficient data encoding which alow it to deliver more than double the effective data through-put, one good thing is that the standard is still backwards compatible with existing USB 3.0 Software Stacks and device class protocols, as well as existing 5Gbps hubs and devices, and USB 2.0 products.

Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman, said:

“The USB 3.1 specification primarily extends existing USB 3.0 protocol and hub operation for speed scaling along with defining the next higher physical layer speed as 10 Gbps. The specification team worked hard to make sure that the changes made to support higher speeds were limited and remained consistent with existing USB 3.0 architecture to ease product development”

Whilst Emile Ianni, Corporate Vice President of Platform Solutions Engineering at AMD had this to say:

“In this multi-device world, the USB 3.1 updates will enable end-users to move content across devices quickly, conveniently and without worrying about compatibility. AMD thanks our engineers as well as the other technology contributors for bringing to market robust innovation that is designed to work seamlessly with new and existing solutions.”


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