USB 3.0 adoption accelerates

IDF 2010 – The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced today that nearly 120 products have passed SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification testing.

Approved devices and components include motherboards, notebooks, external storage devices, storage controllers, hard disk drives, PCI Express and ExpressCard add-in cards.

“Since the first certified SuperSpeed USB product was announced last year at IDF 2009, we have witnessed exponential growth in the ecosystem,” USB-IF president Jeff Ravencraft told TG Daily in an e-mailed statement. 

“Strong support from consumers and manufacturers alike and momentum behind the technology continue to drive the industry forward as new SuperSpeed USB products are developed, tested and certified.”

Meanwhile, In-Stat principal analyst Brian O’Rourke forecasted that SuperSpeed USB – with its high throughput and low power consumption – will gain substantial market share in industries that require the transfer of increasingly large amounts of data.

“Cost is also a key factor in new technology integration, and the aggressive volume pricing for USB 3.0 host controller will help spur adoption,” he added.