The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the new USB 3.2, a step-by-step update that brings many benefits, such as dual data rate without cable upgrades.
In other words, devices will have dual data transfer rates using existing wires, thanks to an application that has been available since the original USB Type-C standard was launched.
Specifically, USB Type-C cables were designed from the outset to support multi-lane operation, but USB 3.2 is the first to take full advantage of this application.
Thus, USB 3.2 hosts and USB devices will be designed as multi-lane solutions, offering two different approaches: either 2 lanes of 5 Gbps or 2 lanes of 10 GbBps.
Between the two, it's not hard to figure out what approach the leading device manufacturers will choose, especially because a USB 3.2 storage device will offer data transfer performance that exceeds 2 GB per second when a SuperSpeed- USB 10 Gbps.
"When we launched USB Type-C, we intended to ensure that USB Type-C cables and connectors were certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps, to produce the highest performance in USB as they were developed new generations USB 3.0 said Brad Saunders, President of USB 3.0 Promoter Group. "USB 3.2 update offers the next level of performance."
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group includes leading members such as Microsoft, Apple, Intel, HP and many others. However, Microsoft does not yet see USB 3.0 as a mature model, and refuses to apply it to Surface's latest models, saying it will cause more confusion to customers.
Microsoft said that if the correct cable was not used, customers could slow down their performance, which would eventually lead to more criticism that would affect the image of both the device itself and the company as a whole.