Belkin has joined the slowly expanding list of manufacturers pushing out devices equipped with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
. Naturally, hardware outfitted with the latest USB spec is fetching a premium
, but Belkin's prices might deter the giddiest of early adopters. The company has launched a line of USB 3.0 products, including a PCIe add-in card, ExpressCard, as well as A-B and Micro-B cables.
Belkin claims its products can support speeds up to 180Mb/s, or about three times the transfer rate of USB 2.0. The company took a moment to cite some USB-related statistics from In-Stat and NPD, showing that there were over three billion USB-enabled devices shipped in 2008, and as of last month, Belkin was the market leader in USB connectivity.
Belkin's USB 3.0 PCIe
expansion cards have two ports and cost about $80, while four-foot A-B and Micro-B
cables are $40, or $50 for eight feet. A six-foot USB 2.0 A-B cable can be had for a buck
or less. Items should be available stateside in April, and May for Canadians.