Up to this point, USB cables have been used to power the same tools as serial ports or parallel ports. They have the unique capability to transfer data from one place to the other, or to power external devices that some might describe as novelty items – little desktop toys that are the source of endless amusement but that bake no bread. With current “high-speed” USB 2.0 capabilities, we have become accustomed to such things.

5 Gigs Per Second

The next generation, USB 3.0, will be able to handle speeds ten times greater than that which have thus far experienced. This will not only increase productivity on the computer, it will spawn another wave of devices that connect to the computer by way of the USB port. How does 5 gigabytes per second sound, other than super-sonic? It will eliminate the need for “device polling” and minimize wait times on nearly all external computer applications.

Stepping On The Gas

So-called Super Speed USB 3.0 has also been meticulously backward-engineered so as to not render obsolete the 2 billion or so USB-enabled devices that have already been snapped up by happy customers throughout the global economy. Super Speed also brings in Sync-n-Go technology that cuts down on computer lag. It’s almost everything we’ve ever wanted in interactive computer use.

This may well put to rest the nightmares we have all had, similar to the ones in which we are trying to run away from danger in slow-motion, only involving watching the data bar crawl across the screen. Just as was the case when broadband rudely shoved dial-up and DSL out of the way, the difference will seem astonishing at first, and then will become part of our daily routines. The difference in productivity, as found on the bottom line, is something that should truly stand out.