Take a look at anyone attending this year’s CES conference in Las Vegas and you’ll notice a familiar sight. No, it’s not the celebrities, vendors or card players you’ll see at most Las Vegas hot spots, it’s the new USB 3.0 dangling from lanyards around many necks.
Although USB 2.0 has been a market staple for many years now (over 6 billion flash drives have been sold so far), the need for more bandwidth and faster transfer rates exceeds what USB 2.0 was able to do. Many devices weren’t able to access 2.0 potential for a number of reasons, but companies have assured consumers that speeds will near 5Gbit/s without compromising the devices storage space.
What We Get
So what do we actually get with a new flash drive version? Aren’t they really just about all the same? USB flash drives have become the most widely accepted means of transferring and storing data, but it really comes down to video. As more and more sites load up on bandwidth, the need for higher transfer rates is becoming a necessity. Even Apple has looked for ways to remove itself from the problem looking at App technology rather than USB technology.
• Higher transfer rates (up to 5Gbit/s)
• More bus power
• Better power management features to accommodate computers that sleep or hibernate often.
• A backwards compatible device with 2.0 ports that won’t compromise the transfer speed.
In summary, 3.0 technology has been available since about 2008, but it’s market need wasn’t necessary until now with more sites utilizing higher bandwidth. With the addition of backwards compatibility to 2.0 ports, the 2.0 flash drive has officially seen its last notable selling year as many companies like Best Buy and Staples will start to phase them out.