USB 3.2 standard will be twice as fast, but the naming mess will get worse

USB 3.2, the next-generation USB standard expected to start appearing in devices later this year, will double the maximum speed supported to 20Gbps. This is achieved by allowing for two lanes of 10Gbps each, which can be achieved without reducing cable length.  The bad news is that the naming confusion around USB speeds is going to get even worse … Life was simple enough through USB 3.0:

  • USB 1.1 (12Mbps)
  • USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
  • USB 3.0 (5Gbps)

And then along came USB 3.1, and the USB Implementers Forum decided to confuse everyone, as Arstechnica recalls.