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    New USB specification is coming: USB 3.2 Type-C supporting 20Gbps

    USB, the port that every phone and PC uses to transfer data, tops out today at 10 gigabits per second with USB 3.1. If that's not enough for you, then i have some good news. USB 3.2 is coming and will offer up to 20Gbps transfer speeds, double what USB 3.1 Gen 2 can do. An incremental update, USB 3.2 is designed to define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C cables already support multi-lane operation, and with USB 3.2, hosts and devices can be created as multi-lane solutions, allowing for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation.

    If your USB-C cables can do 10Gbps (that’s USB 3.1 Gen 2), then those cables will be compatible with USB 3.2. Unfortunately, they will be the only part of your current setup that is – the new standard requires new devices and slightly updated hosts to work. It will be backwards compatible, of course, but at the old slower speeds.

    However, it is still in the final draft phase, the formal release will be in September when specs will be locked in. Still, you’ll likely have to wait until 2019 before that becomes a problem – once the specs are finalized, manufacturers will need some time to bring USB 3.2 devices to market.

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