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Third Generation

Like USB 2.0 before it, USB 3.0 offers dramatically improved data transfer rates compared to its predecessor. USB 3.0 was announced in late 2008, but consumer devices were not available until the beginning of 2010. The USB 3.0 interface specifies transfer rates up to 5 Gbit/s (625 MB/s), compared to USB 2.0's 480 Mbit/s (60 MB/s). All USB 3.0 devices are backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports. Computers with USB 3.0 ports are becoming very popular and common. Many newer laptops and desktops have at least one such port. USB 3.0 port expansion cards are available to upgrade older systems, and many newer motherboards feature two or more USB 3.0 jacks. Even though the USB 3.0 interface allows extremely high data transfer speeds, as of 2011 most USB 3.0 flash drives do not utilize the full speed of the USB 3.0 interface due to limitations of their memory controllers (though some four channel memory controllers are now coming to market).

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