Study: most storage devices to use USB 3.0 by 2012

Superspeed USB coming to hard drives and SSDs soon, study suggests

Despite the first ever USB 3.0 motherboard being delayed, the authors of a recent report think that our wait for Superspeed USB may be nearing an end.

The backwards-compatible USB 3.0 standard was established back in 2007. Its data transfer rates of up to 4.8Gbit/second--ten times faster than USB 2.0's maximum rate--makes it ideal for transferring large files quickly.

According to research perfromed by In-Stat, over 70 per cent of storage devices, such as external hard drives, flash drives and portable media players, would make use of the USB 3.0 standard by 2012.

The report also notes that the initial adoption rates of Superspeed USB devices will begin to increase next year, and that it will become more mainstream over the next few years. However, In-Stat analyst Brian O'Rourke warned that USB 3.0 will have to drop in price signifcantly before it becomes commonplace.

You can find more details about the predicted future of USB 3.0 on In-Stat's Web site.

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