CES 2012: USB 3.0 will come to tablets before the year is out

by Doug Drinkwater

January 9 2012

USB 3.0 is able to transmit data up to ten times faster than USB 2.0
USB 3.0 is able to transmit data up to ten times faster than USB 2.0

Las Vegas, Nevada -- Speaking in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, USB Implementers Forum’s CTO Rahman Ismail says that micro USB 3.0 ports will reach new tablets and smartphones by the end of the year.

USB 3.0 is expected to be a significant upgrade on USB 2.0, with the technology able to offer data transmission up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, which is commonly used on desktops, laptops, tablets and netbooks. USB 3.0 technology will also allow users to recharge their devices much more quickly.

"What [currently] takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds," said Ismail, when speaking at the show.

Although this is encouraging, there are some concerns over using USB 3.0 on mobile devices, with the overall speed (10Mbps) significantly overshadowed by the technology's performance on traditional PCs (5Gbps).

Furthermore, it is believed that the adoption of the technology will have a detrimental effect on tablet battery life, which could be a deal-breaker (at least in the short term) for some tablet makers still trying to keep up with Apple's iPad.

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