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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RE: Changing the cable?!
by MightyPenguin on Wed 19th Sep 2007 14:49 UTC in reply to "Changing the cable?!"
MightyPenguin
Member since:
2005-11-18

Yes the cable will be different, but they might be able to make it work with the same plugs, just like with USB 1.0 and USB 2.0. So if you have a USB 3.0 plug into a USB 2.0 port it'll just work at 2.0 speeds. That might be possible, but I'm just talking w/o looking at any specs here.

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RE[2]: Changing the cable?!
by TemporalBeing on Wed 19th Sep 2007 16:15 in reply to "RE: Changing the cable?!"
TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

I find that hard. Have you seen a fiber optic network cable before? You have to have a sheething that protrudes into the device in order to protect the light emissions from outside the device and cable. Building that into a current USB cables would not produce a cable that would still work in older USB revisions.

And if they make it thinner, then it will likely be very likely to break.

Either way, you still have the issue of people trying to plug the old USB cables into new USB3 devices and wondering why they are not getting the speed they expected. So my original point is still valid.

The only real solution is make it a different cable - perhaps a USB C/D cable, instead of the current USB A/B would be the only way to avoid confusion (then the devices would have to support both to be backwards compatible, or at least the USB3 hubs and root devices would have to) - but then you'd just as well call it something else.

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RE[3]: Changing the cable?!
by stestagg on Wed 19th Sep 2007 16:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Changing the cable?!"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Have you seen a fiber optic network cable before? You have to have a sheething that protrudes into the device in order to protect the light emissions from outside the device and cable

But USB already has that, the metal shield around the USB plug would act as a light shield, it'd be tricky, but you could build the optical coupling into the end of the plastic insulation that the contacts are mounted on. The tricky thing is getting the alignment right.

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RE[2]: Changing the cable?!
by thabrain on Wed 19th Sep 2007 19:41 in reply to "RE: Changing the cable?!"
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2005-06-29

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9780794-1.html

The link shows a picture of the card and cable and it's got a USB standard connector on it.

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