USB enters the 3.0rd dimension

Phwoar, just look at that USB cable. Not seeing it yet? Well, the beauty lies a little deeper than its black rubber casing (kinky).It is the next gene

Phwoar, just look at that USB cable. Not seeing it yet? Well, the beauty lies a little deeper than its black rubber casing (kinky).It is the next generation of USB – 3.0 to be precise – that, as well as being compatible with all our old gear, will have us transferring 10MP photos, albums of lossless quality audio and hours of HD video to 3.0 compatible kit at wire-stripping speeds.The secret is the fibre optics intertwined with the usual, old skool copper cables of yore. Intel's just announced that the new standard will launch next year with a 4.8Gb/sec top transfer speed.That pushes the needle ten times higher than the current USB 2.0 or six times higher than its beaten rival, Firewire. That means a 1GB file can be shifted in under two seconds or you can transfer an entire 160GB iPod Classic's contents in well under two minutes.Sadly we'll have to wait a little longer than that for it to arrive on our gadgets. Intel reckons it'll be around 2009 to 2010 before it becomes mainstream. Boo!EssentialsUSB 3.0Contact: IntelRelated stories:Gadget of the Day – Numark Portable USB TurntableYamaha turns USB speaker up to 1125 years of the PC