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USB 3.0

Also called SuperSpeed USB, USB 3.0 is the latest version of the Universal Serial Bus external bus standard that supports data transfer rates of up to and beyond 5GB/s (gigabytes per second). In addition to the increase in speed, UBS 3.0 is also optimized for low power and improved protocol efficiency.

USB 3.0 ports and cabling are backward-compatible standard with previous USB technologies.  The USB 3.0 technology is developed by Intel, HP, Microsoft Corporation, NEC Corporation, NXP Semiconductors and Texas Instruments. Products supporting USB 3.0 first debuted in late 2009, with widespread availability occurring in 2010.

USB 3.1 Ups Data Transfer Rates over USB 3.0

USB 3.0 has been succeeded by USB 3.1, which increases maximum data transfer rates from 5.0 Gbit/s to 10 Gbit/s in the second generation of the USB 3.1 standard. The USB Implementers Forum first announced the USB 3.1 standard in 2013, with products first appearing in 2015.

See also USB, USB 2.0, and USB 3.1

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