USB-C has been taking over the world of mobile and now desktop devices over the past few years, mainly due to the fact they contain a small port capable of more or less everything you could possibly need to do, such as Display out, power out and in, incredibly fast data transfer and so much more.
However, one of the biggest confusions when it comes to USB-C is naturally the fact that whilst it is one interface, port wise, compatibility and capabilities are kind of getting out of control, the announcements today sure ain’t going to prevent that as the Port is about to get the potential to become a damn site more powerful.
Currently the USB-C is capable of up to 10GB/s speeds utilising what’s known as a two lane of operation, however with the USB 3.2 standard that is set to be doubled to a dual 10GB/s speed on the same single Cable, and will be possible on all capable Cables supporting multi-lane operations today.
The announcement was made by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which in itself has quite a few on the board including big names such as Intel, Apple, HP, Microsoft and more, their announcement today of the USB 3.2 standard is set to replace the USB 3.1 upon its release, though naturally backwards compatibility is essential and confirmed.
An incremental update, USB 3.2 is designed to define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C cables already support multi-lane operation, and with USB 3.2, hosts and devices can be created as multi-lane solutions, allowing for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation.
As an example, the USB Promoter Group says a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will be capable of 2GB/sec data transfer performance over a USB-C cable certified for USB SuperSpeed 10Gb/s USB 3.1, while also remaining backwards compatible with earlier USB devices.
“When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The USB 3.2 update delivers the next level of performance.”
The vast increase in data performance of course naturally opens the doors to more possibility with the USB-C standard and we expect Intel to utilise their Thunderbolt brand, which uses USB-C ports, to increase to much more capabilities.