Report: USB 3.0-enabled Device Shipments to Top 80 Million in 2011 - HotHardware
Report: USB 3.0-enabled Device Shipments to Top 80 Million in 2011

Report: USB 3.0-enabled Device Shipments to Top 80 Million in 2011

While Intel and AMD pussyfoot around implementing SuperSpeed USB 3.0 chips onto their motherboards, the parts and accessories industry isn't sitting around with their thumbs in uncomfortable places. Companies like NEC and VIA have stepped in to fill the temporary void with USB 3.0 chips that board makers can slap on new motherboards, and the electronics industry has responded by releasing a flurry of USB 3.0-enabled devices in a short period.

According to In-Stat, there will be nearly 80 million SuperSpeed USB 3.0-enabled devices in the wild by the end of 2011, and that's just the beginning. Look for smartphones to play a big role in pushing the SuperSpeed specification going forward.


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"Mobile phones are a key driver for USB overall, and will play a role in the adoption of SuperSpeed USB," says Brian O’Rourke, Research Director. "In 2010, USB was found internally in over 1.2 billion mobile phones, with high-speed USB dominating. In addition, the number of USB ports in phones increased to over 100 million units. The first SuperSpeed USB phones won't hit the market until late 2013, but they will be accompanied by a new SuperSpeed connector for phones that will succeed the current micro-USB port found in today's phones."

In case you were curious, there were more than 3.5 billion USB devices shipped in 2010, and suffice to say, High-Speed USB 2.0 is still the most popular USB interface with over three quarters of USB device shipments.
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USB 3 is pretty awesome, its super fast. I hope it becomes the standard before long.

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If they had named Thunderbolt USB 3.0 it would so much better, am I right?

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Are mobile phones really the key driver for USB? As far as I know the current internet speeds available on a phone are slower than the speed a USB connection can provide if tethering. Plus as far as file storage is going cloud computing seems to be the wave of the future... so you won't be connecting your phone to transfer files.

So what makes Mobile phones the driving factor?

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The fact that it can both charge and transfer data using a USB cable...

USB 3.0 is pretty cool but it sucks that Intel had to support their own Thunderbolt and support USB 3.0 less.

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"The fact that it can both charge and transfer data using a USB cable..."

Yes I can understand that but many other devices can charge and and transfer data at the same time look at some of the low powered external hardrives that Toshiba puts out for example. I just don't see how the mobile phone industry would be what is pushing USB 3.0 Personally I think it is the wide range of already available USB 2.0 devices that will work with it as well as allowing for higher transfer rates.

I totally agree with you on the Thuderbolt issue especially since from what I hear it has some problems at this stage of the game.

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Great to see others are bridging the gap. Btw, why was AMD pussyfooting around? I know Intel is Thunderbolt biased, but what was AMD's deal?

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