USB 3.2 promises up to 20Gbps speeds on computers this year

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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USB 3.2 speed

USB Implementers Forum announced a new USB 3.2 standard. This standard is expected to be a lot more confusing as compared to the previous ones and is also twice as fast as USB 3.1 in few cases.

The good news is it will double the performance capabilities of USB on the latest PCs that are going to be released this year.

You might not have seen most of the consumer electronics to come with USB 3.1. Most of the Android smartphones that are now going to be released will come with USB-C. Therefore, USB 3.1 Gen 2×2 will be compatible with those smart phones.

Most of the 2019 flagship phones will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Notably, it uses the newly named USB 3.1 Gen 2 to support 10Gbps transfer speeds. The technology will enable users to take advantage of the 20Gbps connection by transferring large enough files.

USB 3.2 specifications

USB 3.2 promises to bring the following capabilities.

  • A new 20 Gb/s transfer speed will be offered by the USB 3.2.
  • USB 3.2 will be half the maximum speed of Thunderbolt 3 but twice as compared to the USB 3.0
  •   The new SuperSpeed feature that uses two 10Gb/s lanes has been used to maximize the speed.

As the USB continuous to improve but some of the users might find the latest branding to be confusing and complicated.

Most of the users found these naming conventions to be easy to understand from USB 1.1 (12Mbps), USB 2.0 (480Mbps) and USB 3.0 (5Gbps).

You can expect the things to be even more worse with USB-IF. The following changes have been made this time.

  • USB 1.1 >> USB 1.1
  • USB 2.0 >> USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0 >> USB 3.1 Gen 1 >> USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 >> USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2×2

USB 3.2 availability

USB 3.2 is expected to be available next year on desktops and laptops. It can be made less confusing for the users by using single-digit naming schemes for all versions.

If you want to take advantage of the high performance capabilities of the USB 3.2, you will either have to upgrade your existing systems or purchase a new one.

You just have to concentrate on the actual specifications to identify the kind of USB while making a purchase decision.