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MWC 2010: NEC Tech Triples USB 3.0 Speeds

Gordon Kelly


MWC 2010: NEC Tech Triples USB 3.0 Speeds

Impressed by the rocketsled speeds of USB 3.0? NEC is about to leave you three times as enthusiastic...

The company used Mobile World Congress to announce a new chip which it claims can raise the standard's bus speed to an incredible 16Gbps - over a 3x increase or around two gigabytes per second. Of course in a real world scenario you'd need to chain a bucket load of SSDs together to keep up, but the potential is frightening.

How does it work? Not by supercharging anything, but instead by removing obstructions. In short NEC has managed to create a more effective way to relay the signal checks between connected equipment that confirms data is received correctly. In doing this vastly more data can pass through one way without being hampered by confirmations headed in the opposite direction.

The cool part is that NEC thinks it may be able to make this technique work with existing USB 3.0 devices, though there is still much research to be done before it can be confirmed. The process would also need to be approved by the USB Implementers Forum as a common standard to breed widespread proliferation.

Make it happen chaps!


February 20, 2010, 2:47 am

Why did nobody ever add this to a USB2 interface, or make something like the increased power available on the USB3 gigabyte boards to save on using an external power supply, it all appears as soon as USB3 arrives. This is like closing the gate after the horse has bolted!

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