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[4]: Changing the cable?!
by TemporalBeing on Wed 19th Sep 2007 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Changing the cable?!"
TemporalBeing
Member since:
2007-08-22

Yes, USB has the metal shielding, but you need a non-shiny, non-reflective shielding that is tightly wrapped to the fiber - which is why a lot of fiber cables uses a plastic or rubber shielding on the end.

So no, that wouldn't likely work.

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RE[5]: Changing the cable?!
by stestagg on Wed 19th Sep 2007 17:34 in reply to "RE[4]: Changing the cable?!"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

The actual interlink would be in the non-shiny, non-reflective insulating part of the USB plug (if it could be made to fit), but the Shield, and the shield-part of the socket would provide a thorough physical barrier to the light.

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RE[6]: Changing the cable?!
by Havin_it on Thu 20th Sep 2007 10:40 in reply to "RE[5]: Changing the cable?!"
Havin_it Member since:
2006-03-10

I can only assume that's how they are doing it, but my god that's fiddly. The plastic bit inside the plug's metal sheath is, what, 2mm thick or so?

Either (a) an exciting manufacturing challenge, or (b) very easily breakable ;)

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