USB technology has been in the works for as long as I can remember and while getting USB 3.1 Gen 2 has been a struggle, we now have more information regarding USB 3.2. The new standard will allow up to 20 Gbps transfer speeds, which is double as compared to USB 3.1 Gen 2. During the USB 3.2 demo an average of 1.6 Gbps was recorded and according to Eric Huang 20 Gbps speed can be achieved.
While this is very exciting, the USB 3.2 demo is a prototype and users will not be able to get their hands on this tech until 2019. You can check out the video of the USB 3.2 demo below:
The need for faster data transfer is immense and this should help fill in the gap. One would wonder that with 20 Gbps the need for SSDs might not be that important anymore, but we will have to wait and see how widely the new standard is implemented.
As mentioned before, we have not seen many motherboards with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support and the same could be the case with USB 3.2. We will have to wait and see, so stick around and stay tuned to SegmentNext for more information regarding the matter.
SDDs are getting faster but there is little work being done right now to get SATA even faster read and write speeds. In 2018, we have M.2 and PCIe based storage options that are faster than SATA based SSDs but these options are pretty expensive as compared to traditional HDDs.
Furthermore, we have seen the prices of SSDs drop due to the increase in supply but according to reports, the increase in demand for SSDs might reduce the price cuts and the pricing might become stabilized soon. Having that said, if you are in the market for fast storage then getting an SSD now would be a good choice, rather than later.
Let us know what you think about the USB 3.2 demo and whether or not this is something that you are interested in.