USB 3.2 is coming soon
Developers have been longing to make one universal port for a while this year. A single common port that can charge our phones, laptops, tablets, speakers and everything else. A dream of a unified world (!). And USB-C has been considered to be that savior of ours. But sadly it’s not that easy to change the future. Different voltage requirements, specifications for data transfer and power, all making it vastly more complicated.
But sadly it’s not that easy to change the future. Different voltage requirements, specifications for data transfer and power, all making it vastly more complicated. But when you will plug into a USB-C port you will actually be able to work it the way you want.
But the USB 3.0 Promoter group consisting of Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and some others have made some progress. The group just announced another USB-C specification: USB 3.2. According to them, it will support “multi-lane operation”; which in simple terms means the devices will be able to utilize multiple lanes to transfer data at the same time. Which will make it faster than USB 3.0. It’ll allow up to two lanes of 5Gbps or two lanes of 10Gbps operation.
Of course, your device needs to support it for you to have this advantage. But don’t worry if you have a slightly outdated system. If the host and recipient devices are compatible with USB 3.2, even older USB 3.0 cables will see faster speeds of up to 2Gbps.
Nothing has been finalized yet about USB 3.2. It’ll take a while for the new standard to roll out to devices. We might get an update and even more news later on September at the USB Developer Days event.