Feeds

USB set to go to 3 for HD

Paves way for optical links

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

IDF The brains behind USB are to take the peripheral interconnect technology into the HD era with a new version, 3.0, due to be completed by the middle of 2008.

USB 3.0 is set to deliver a data transfer rate of up to 4.8Gbps - ten times today's 480Mbps USB 2.0 data rate - and introduce optical interconnects to the bus. The goal, the companies behind the specification said, is to create a version of the bus that's able to deliver files of 25GB or more.

USB 3 optical connector
Let there be light: a USB 3 optical connector

Coincidentally, that's the capacity of a single-layer Blu-ray Disc and just under the capacity of a dual-layer HD DVD. Leading USB 3.0 development are Intel, Microsoft and HP - all HD DVD supporters.

Taking USB into the HD era goes beyond the ability to deal with the kind of files that will require such next-gen optical media for storage, but also involves looking beyond copper cabling. Details were scarce, but the USB 3.0 Promoter Group - which includes the three aforementioned firms, along with NXP, NEC, Texas Instruments and others - is looking to lay the ground work for optical connections.

These may not form part of the USB 3.0 specification, but the standard will have the necessary hooks to allow subsequent versions of it to operate over optical links.

However, the group said the new release would not ignore USB 1.1 and USB 2.0, with both older versions of the bus set to be supported by the next one. How it will operate alongside Wireless USB remains to be seen. WUSB products are only just starting to appear, and while some people may be tempted by its cable-free operation, they may want to wait for a faster-but-cabled standard potentially appearing in products late 2008.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.