Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Sep 2007 13:12 UTC, submitted by Geoda
Hardware, Embedded Systems Intel and others plan to release a new version of the ubiquitous Universal Serial Bus technology in the first half of 2008, a revamp the chip maker said will make data transfer rates more than 10 times as fast by adding fiber-optic links alongside the traditional copper wires. Intel is working with fellow USB 3.0 Promoters Group members Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, NEC and NXP Semiconductors to release the USB 3.0 specification in the first half of 2008, said Pat Gelsinger, general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, in a speech here at the Intel Developer Forum.
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Changing the cable?!
by TemporalBeing on Wed 19th Sep 2007 14:16 UTC
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If they change the cable, then they should call it something other than USB. USB 1.x, and USB 2.x devices use the same set of cables. If they have to change it for USB 3.x, then it won't be backwards compatible and it'll start confusing people.

Just imagine the conversations:
Customer: I have a USB cable, and this device, but I can't plug it in.
Agent: Well, that's because is USB 3.0, and you need a DIFFERENT cable, which we can sell you for (=cost*excessive multiplier).

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