This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news, but Asus just put out a quick announcement that USB 3.0 will be available on future Eee PCs. Okay, I’m pretty sure most manufacturers are going for USB 3.0 on their netbooks and other computing devices. What’s new with USB 3.0 anyway?
Here’s what PC World says about USB 3.0:
The theoretical throughput improvement offered by USB 3.0 is dramatic — a theoretical 10X jump over existing USB 2.0 hardware. USB 2.0 maxed out at a theoretical 480Mbps, while USB 3.0 can theoretically handle up to 5Gbps. Mind you, applications like storage will still be limited by the type of drive inside; so, for example, you can expect better performance from RAIDed hard drives or fast solid-state drives (SSDs) than from, say, a standalone single drive connected to the computer via USB 3.0.
One of the things to look for in the coming months is the certified SuperSpeed USB 3.0 logo. Products are currently filling the queues at the official certification testing labs, but presence of that certification logo will give you some peace of mind that the product you’re buying truly does live up to the USB 3.0 spec.
EeePC.net is wary of having a computer with a USB 3.0 port but with no USB 3.0 devices to use it with. Well, at least we have the interfaces to plug the devices ready, right? And when the devices that have 3.0 ready, we don’t have to worry about reduced speeds.
What do you think?