When the first consumer products with USB 3.0 were sent in November 2009, I wrote a message about the possibilities of USB 3.0. At that time, USB 3.0 was a completely new technology and availability was limited. Only the following year did USB 3.0 products begin to find their way to the consumer market. From this year on, however, most major PC manufacturers have equipped their latest computers with USB 3.0 technology . Despite this, many computer users are only now starting to become familiar with USB 3.0.
What is USB 3.0 and how can it help you?
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus . USB connectors are the most common type of device connectors for computer use and can be used t o a wide range of peripherals on your computer including mice, keyboards, monitors, mobile devices, external hard drives, digital cameras, external sound cards, flash drives and more. USB technology makes it easy to upgrade the capabilities of your PC or laptop or transfer files. The previous version of USB that most people are familiar with is USB 2.0. USB 2.0 was released in 2000 and allowed a maximum data transfer rate of 480 mbps.
USB 3 is a major revision and is called the " SuperSpeed USB" by its manufacturers, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Microsoft, Intel and Agere Systems. There is a good reason for this name: USB3 can transfer data with a maximum speed of 4.8 Gbps. That is a tenfold increase compared to the possibilities of USB 2.0! Not only is the speed of USB 3.0 incredible, but it also has a number of other great features. Here is an overview of the capabilities of USB 3 and what you need to use this new technology:
- Dual-bus architecture allows backward compatibility and forward compatibility. You can use USB 3 devices even if your computer is only equipped with USB 2.0 ports. You can also still use your USB 2.0 devices if you have USB 3.0 ports. However, if a 2.0 port or device is in use, you will only get the 2.0 transfer rates.
- You do need a USB 3.0 compatible cable to get the maximum transfer rate of 4.8 Gbps [19659006tekrijgen)] You need the correct driver & # 39; s to also use USB 3.0 technology; Windows 7 did not include these drivers in the first release, but they have since been released and can be downloaded via Windows Update. Windows 8 contains built-in support.
- USB 3.0 can be used to power peripherals at a much higher level than USB 2.0. Your battery-powered devices charge faster.
- USB 3.0 is also more energy efficient ; the technology uses less power when that power is not needed.
Advantages of USB 3
Why is this all extremely useful for you? Think of annoying tasks such as transferring files between your mobile device and your PC, or backing up files from your PC to your external Hard Drive. Using USB 3.0, means that you can transfer most music files directly, and even full-length movies can be transferred in less than two minutes. Time to reformat your computer? With USB 3 and an external hard drive, backing up your computer's files only takes about a tenth of the time. 10-hour backup tasks can be completed in just one hour!
With all this power and speed, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology is now really starting, although many consumers are still learning about it. Most new PCs are already equipped with the ports, and the only thing needed to use them is a Windows Update upgrade.
Adding USB 3.0 ports
If you do not have a USB 3.0 port (assuming you did not purchase your computer fairly recently, probably not), but you want to enjoy USB SuperSpeed, you don't have to buy a brand new computer – there are card USB adapters that you can now buy to [19659015toetevoegen] USB 3.0 ports to your old computer. This is necessary if you want to enjoy the high transfer rates of USB 3.0, but remember that you can still use USB 3.0 devices even if you don't have USB 3.0 ports . Most of these adapters are modestly priced between $ 15.00 – $ 30.00.
So now it's time to upgrade – no matter how old your PC is, you too can enjoy USB 3.0 technology!