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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I too envisioned something that looks like the old cable, has the same four metal contacts, and adds a highspeed optical link. The thing is, how would an optical signal be passed through? would usb3 hubs have lasers?

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would usb3 hubs have lasers?

I imagine that they would. Low-bandwidth data fiber channels are getting pretty cheap nowadays, What would be impressive would a an all-optical miltiplexed uplink on an 8-port hub. Otherwise, you might get latency and bandwidth issues with recoding the signal.

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