USB-IF Introduced SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) Cable and Connector Certification Program

USB-IF Announces New Wave of Certified SuperSpeed USB Consumer Products

USB 3.0 Cable and Connector Certification Program now open

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today announced that 200 products have passed SuperSpeed USB certification testing. The latest certified devices include the first certified SuperSpeed USB flash drive from Imation and also the first certified SuperSpeed USB media player, the O!Play HD2 from ASUS. These new products signal the vitality of SuperSpeed USB and expand the list of certified products to include motherboards, notebooks, external storage devices, flash drives, media players, PCI Express and ExpressCard add-in cards, storage controllers, hard disk drives and device-enabling silicon.  

“The industry ramp of SuperSpeed USB products achieving certification has been phenomenal,” said Jeff Ravencraft, President & COO, USB-IF. “We have seen the number of certified products quadruple since CeBIT 2010 and the certification workshops and labs continue to fill up with products from around the globe. This is a testament to the consumer and manufacturer enthusiasm behind the technology.”

“The combined benefits of data transfer rate up to 10x faster than Hi-Speed USB, low power consumption and ease of use are helping drive SuperSpeed USB adoption by an increasing number and variety of devices,” said Shane Rau, IDC’s research director of computing semiconductors. “IDC believes that adoption of SuperSpeed USB will accelerate in the second half of 2012, and we forecast that approximately 80 percent of mobile PCs will ship with SuperSpeed USB in 2013, with roughly equal penetration in commercial and consumer mobile PCs.”

USB-IF Launches SuperSpeed USB Cable and Connector Certification Program

The USB-IF has introduced its SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) Cable and Connector Certification Program, designed for testing cables and connectors for compliance to the specification to achieve certification. Companies whose certified cables and connectors have achieved certification may license the rights to use the SuperSpeed USB logo in conjunction with providing the USB-IF with a signed logo license agreement.

Three independent test labs, including Contech Research, Inc., ETC and NTS have been authorized to test SuperSpeed USB cables and connectors. The USB 3.0 Cable and Connector Compliance Document Revision 1.0 is now available on the USB-IF website.

SuperSpeed USB Community at CeBIT

The USB Community at CeBIT 2011 includes product and technology exhibitions from the following USB-IF member companies:

– Agilent Technologies, Inc.
– Elka International, Ltd.
– Jungo
– LeCroy Corporation
– Main Super Enterprises Co., Ltd.
– System Level Solutions, Inc.
– Texas Instruments
– Total Phase


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