UBS 3.0 specs released

The next revision of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) has been released and it's 10 times as fast as the last one.

Specifications for the 'SuperSpeed' USB 3.0 were published today, allowing manufacturers to start bringing next-generation USB devices to market. Consumer products are likely to hit shelves by 2010.

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) claimed the third edition of the data transfer system would be 10 times as fast as version 2.0, and feature improved power efficiency. It will also be backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices.

"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."