Many laptop users in the United Kingdom have gained significant benefits from the reasonably fast USB 3.0 ports, which are currently available on any models. Recently, a top executive from USB IF revealed that the USB 3.1 standards will double the data transfer throughput to 10Gb per second, compared to 5Gb per second on the USB 3.0. To achieve the impressive performance level, the controller board of USB 3.1 is connected directly to the DDR3 RAM module.
In real life usages, laptops with fully tuned USB 3.1 ports can deliver 1.2GB per second of data transfer. That’s fast enough to allow laptops run uncompressed 4k videos from an external storage unit. Intel’s Thunderbolt is a similar high-speed solution, but it suffers from pricing issues. The costs of adding Thunderbolt technology to current laptop models remain exorbitantly high.
At the moment, there are more than one thousands products certified to support USB 3.0 technology and we should see early products with USB 3.1 compatibility later this year. However, it is more sensible to predict that early laptops with USB 3.1 ports will arrive to the UK next year in.