USB is currently the most popular standard for data transmission. However, later this year we should have the latest USB 3.1 standard, which will double the maximum theoretical transfer speed of 5 to 10 Gbps.
Behind it is the Industrial Alliance device manufacturers by the USB standard called “The USB 3.0 Promoter Group” , which has presented some of the specifications of future USB 3.1 standard. The main improvement is increase the speed of data transfer, which is achieved primarily thanks to a more efficient way of encoding data. According to announcements USB 3.1 connectors will be fully compatible with the preceding USB standard ( USB 3.0 and USB 2.0) , which means that we will be able to join the USB 3.1 devices and older PCs. In fact , the new is that comes to be an entirely new connector ( Type- C connector ) , which will be slightly smaller in size ( the size of today’s micro USB connector ) and will use the same connector on both ends as opposed to today’s standards. In this case, compatibility with existing connectors will ensure the appropriate adapters. So , in any case, compatibility with preceding standards are not called into question , but of course , if we want to take full advantage of the speed of data transfer we will have to get hold of new cables .
USB 3.1 – SuperSpeed
It is expected to soon announce the final specification of this new standard and only then will reliably and definitely know all the information regarding USB 3.1, and the first implementation of the devices are expected by the end of 2014. year .
Although existing Thunderbolt standard achieves even greater data transfer speeds ( up to 20 Gbps ), but still not widely come to life, we shall see how this new and greately improved USB standard be accepted with the current market.