USB 3.0: 2012 in Review

Since its introduction in 2008, the USB 3.0 has undergone several developments making it a noteworthy tool for all those in need of data storage. Here is a review of 2012 for the USB 3.0:RuggedTB_USB3_6

This device gained official support from intel, finally being added to Intel’s 7 series chipsets to complement Ivy Bridge CPU Launch. After this announcement, Mac was on board. MacBooks now came equipped with USB 3.0 alongside the Mountain Lion Operating System to support faster ports. By the end of the year, iMac and Mac mini followed suit. The USB Promoter group surprised the industry in July with a new development specifying a 100w power delivery standard for use specifically over USB 3.0. Then along came Windows 8, bringing USB 3.0 mainstream. Instead of updating the existing software stack, Microsoft wrote a xHCI driver that gave USB 3.0 interoperability and a speed boost under the right condition. Finally, USB 3.0 was in the right place at the right time with Windows To Go became the first official PC-on-a-stick solution for corporate users.

In summation, the USB has had a great year. With all the developments and applications that this tool can operate, it is safe to say that it will be sticking around much longer than we had expected.