Study: USB 3.0 will see broad adoption by 2012

By on September 20, 2009, 4:49 AM
According to a study released by In-Stat, SuperSpeed USB (3.0) will see widespread adoption in PCs and peripherals over the next few years. The firm says that around 70% of external hard drives will use the spec by 2012, with similar assimilation rates in notebooks and desktop computers.

It estimates that by 2013, global shipments of USB 3.0 flash drives will near 200 million units, and eventually mobile phones will be the highest volume segment. In-Stat projects the upcoming interface to account for over 25% of the USB market by 2013.

The outfit has called USB the most successful interface ever, with over three billion devices shipped in 2008 alone. It speculates that Digital TVs with USB will grow to 140 million units shipped in 2013. During that time, USB-enabled gadgets are forecasted rise at a 6.6% compound annual growth rate.

The first batch of consumer electronics to tout SuperSpeed USB will be showcased at this week's IDF event in San Francisco, and should make it to market by early next year.

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strategic strategic, TechSpot Paladin, said:


It would be nice to see this type of advancement with internal HDD's.

shossofe shossofe said:

strategic said:


It would be nice to see this type of advancement with internal HDD's.

what? you mean SSD? why would an internal HDD use USB3.0? If an internal HDD uses a USB then that just means it is an external...or better off being an external.

Guest said:

So when will Apple Macs adopt USB 3 ? In 2020 ? A Firewire jack will probably still be sticking out of Macbooks then.

Guest said:

Probably never, because apple will reject it, mistaking it for an "app"


LightHeart said:

Each year for the past few years has been the year of USB 3, hopefully we will actually see it in production.

Guest said:

Asus was originally going to support USB 3.0 on their boards already, but ditched it because of adoption fears. Sad, Asus would have a jump start on this.

Guest said:

It would be great if internal and external drives had the same interface. What could possibly be the disadvantage if transfer speed is a non-issue?

Imagine internal drives with only 1 connector! That is totally the future. The simpler, the better.

Badfinger said:

I'm expecting a lot sooner than 2012, wondering about possible PCI cards with USB3 ports?

Punkid said:

cool SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 both are on their way

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