USB market will get 'SuperSpeed' boost

Although the global economic recession will prompt a slight decline in USB-enabled device shipments in 2009, next-generation ‘SuperSpeed’ technology will drive the market over the next several years, reports market-watcher In-Stat.

SuperSpeed, USB’s new incarnation, will deliver 5Gbps, a ten-fold improvement over high-speed USB. With the late 2009 introduction of SuperSpeed, the question is not whether it will be successful, but how successful it will be.
In-Stat’s research report, ‘Wired USB 2009: High-Speed Rules, SuperSpeed on the Way’ finds that:

  • Although mini-USB ports have not made significant progress as a connector on mobile phones, micro-USB ports are expected to become the dominant standard for connectors in mobile phones by 2013.  
  • Consumer electronics devices with USB will rise at a 6.6 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2008 and 2013.
  • SuperSpeed USB will represent over 25 per cent of the USB market by 2013.
  • USB in computer mice will remain the single highest volume PC peripheral category.

“All PCs, and most PC peripherals have transitioned from full-speed to high-speed; most of these devices will eventually transition to SuperSpeed, the only issue is the speed of the transition.” says In-Stat analyst Brian O’Rourke. “For PC peripheral devices, the key will be how quickly SuperSpeed is integrated into the application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and microcontrollers that are the brains of these devices.”

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