USB 3.2 Brings High Speeds and As Much Confusion

Person holding a USB Type-C cable

USB 3.2 brings twice the speed of USB 3.1 in the same cable

USB was supposed to be a universal connector, but the truth is it contains all kinds of categories which might get most people confused. This is why a new type of connection has surfaced, namely USB 3.2. This will either solve all confusion or make things even more unclear.

A lot of confusion revolving around USB

When USB Type-C appeared, it was meant to end all this diversity and work as a universal connector. However, most people still use USB 3.0, or even the older USB 2.0. Now, USB 3.2 has been released, and its promoters hope this will help people move forward and stick to one single universal connector.

Device makers now will have to deal with 4 types of connectors. These are USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB Type-C (including both generations of USB 3.1) and, now, USB 3.2. If you have the right devices, you can use any type of USB. Namely, if devices have all the slots, you can benefit from all the features coming with each USB.

What is different with USB 3.2?

With so many other alternatives, USB 3.2 had to come with something new. One of its main features represents the high speed of data transfer. In fact, it has twice the speed of USB 3.1. If you pair it with the suitable gear, you should get around 20 Gbps.

Such a high speed becomes possible since USB 3.2 shares the same multi-lane features with USB C. However, if you don’t have a cable to suit the slot, you would likely not benefit from an impressive speed. An older cable connected to USB 3.0 won’t offer you more than 2 Gbps.

However, USB 3.2 won’t be here too soon. It will probably be ready only next year, so fitting hardware and cables will also appear next year. All of them will likely contribute to the confusion revolving around all the available USB, but some might still hope we will switch to a universal connector.
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