USB 3.0 Specification Now Available

"Completed Specification Marks Beginning of SuperSpeed USB Product Development"

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USB 3.0 Specification Now Available
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the completion of the USB 3.0 specification, the technical map for device manufacturers to deliver SuperSpeed USB technology to the market.

SuperSpeed USB brings significant power and performance enhancements to the popular USB standard while offering backward compatibility with billions of USB-enabled PCs and peripheral devices currently in use by consumers. Delivering data transfer rates up to ten times faster than Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) with optimized power efficiency, SuperSpeed USB is the next step in the continued evolution of USB technology.

“SuperSpeed USB is the next advancement in ubiquitous technology,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman. “Today’s consumers are using rich media and large digital files that need to be easily and quickly transferred from PCs to devices and vice versa. SuperSpeed USB meets the needs of everyone from the tech-savvy executive to the average home user.”

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised of Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, NEC Corporation, ST-NXP Wireless and Texas Instruments, developed the USB 3.0 specification. The group now has transitioned the specification’s management to the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the managing body of USB specifications. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is now accepting adopters of the USB 3.0 specification, which has been finalized at the 1.0 level. To download both the specification and adopter agreement, visit

It is anticipated that initial SuperSpeed USB discrete controllers will appear in the second half of 2009 and consumer products will appear in 2010, with adoption continuing throughout 2010. The first SuperSpeed USB devices will likely include data-storage devices such as flash drives, external hard drives, digital music players and digital cameras.

The USB 3.0 specification debuted today in conjunction with the first SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference in San Jose, California. The conference provides attendees the first opportunity to hear directly from the creators of the USB 3.0 specification; keynote speakers will address advancements offered by the new technology. In addition to technical sessions, an exhibit area will showcase the latest developments and early designs featuring SuperSpeed USB technology. Attendees will obtain information on the best practices for incorporating SuperSpeed USB into their product roadmaps.

The USB 3.0 specification includes many advancements for both consumers and adopters, including higher speeds and enhanced power efficiency. For more information about the USB 3.0 specification, visit
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14-11-2008, 10:07:43

Doesn`t the mail say something like "this rma expires in 7 days" or similar ?

14-11-2008, 10:26:57

It say's on the 28th of november, but then they sent me an email to confirm my address as the address to ship the replacement to. Are they going to send a replacement before I send my card ? I've contacted them about that but no one replied yet. I'm asking if anyone has an idea about Scan's way of doing things ?

14-11-2008, 10:37:51

No, u send ur card first.

14-11-2008, 11:52:14

Thats too bad. Thanks anyways.

14-11-2008, 16:05:29

buy a cheapo card from maplins or similar. £20 or something.. to tide you over for a week or so.

14-11-2008, 19:23:17

I'll probably do that. Any suggestions on buying a sub-30 pounds card ?


14-11-2008, 20:26:55

Could pick up something like a 7900GT off ebay for a little under that... One that ends in about 5 hours as it goes after just taking a lil look myself.

Sure others will advise if there are better cards in that price bracket.

14-11-2008, 21:12:34

Went on and bought an Asus Radeon HD3450 512Mb for 25 quids from Misco, I've always wanted one of those ATIs. I probably should've looked on ebay.

15-11-2008, 02:28:39

THe 3450's are not bad at all. I have had one passively cooled (asus), and it was able to play some of the less intensive games (CoD4 @ 1024xblabla) when combined with a 2gHz singlecore CPU.

And I paid €50 for it, so 25 pounds isn't too bad :P

15-11-2008, 07:23:02

Always good to have a cheap, older generation card as a backup if ur an enthusiast.

Not only for a backup, but it can help testing things.

So u have to play CS in lower res for a fistful of days ??! Better than not playing ;)

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