As you may remember, we recently had a purely marketing change of USB 3.0, replaced by USB 3.1 Gen1. Now, things are getting even more ‘interesting’.
At the MWC Barcelona expo, which is taking place right now, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced that the present USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 standards would be identified in the future as USB 3.2 generations. The USB 3.2 which is expected to be launched soon, offering 20GB/s rate, which is twice as fast as today’s version. Now what about the earlier versions of the USB standard? We should expect the following:
|“Old” standard:||New standard:||New marketing identification:|
|USB 3.0 (actually USB 3.1 Gen1)||USB 3.2 Gen 1||SuperSpeed USB|
|USB 3.1 Gen2||USB 3.2 Gen 2||SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps|
|USB 3.2||USB 3.2 Gen 2×2||SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps|
Isn’t it transparent and easy to remember? 😐
The only thing which is relatively easy to memorize is that USB type C will be the only available plug for the fastest standard. The lower versions will continue to support A and C ports.