USB alliance finalizes 10Gbps specification as USB 3.1

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group teased us with the prospect of a 10Gbps USB standard back in January, and it now has something to show for its work: the alliance has finalized its specification under the USB 3.1 name. While little has changed with the port format in half a year’s time, its completion lets AMD, Intel and others start work on chipsets that offer twice the bandwidth of USB 3.0 while preserving support for USB 2.0. There’s no public roadmap for the first USB 3.1 devices, although the first related developer sessions will begin on August 21st. Not that the Promoter Group is necessarily in a rush — while Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 will hit an even quicker 20Gbps this year, the new USB format is more likely to receive broad support.

Source: Engadget

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