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Surge of USB continues

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? electronic device? shipment?

The popularity of USB as the primary form of interface among electronic devices sees no sign of fading. According to In-Stat, the success of USB last year will carry forward with an estimated six billion USB-enabled device shipments by 2015.

Last year, more than 3.5 billion USB-enabled devices were shipped globally in the PC, PC peripheral, consumer electronics (CE), communications and automotive product segments. Today, there are three different specifications to handle added speed and data requirements. Although not all have met with the same level of success, each plays a significant role in connecting many electronic devices.

"The transition to SuperSpeed USB is occurring more quickly than we anticipated last year, due to quicker integration of the new standard into core logic chipsets," stated Brian O'Rourke, research director, In-Stat. "USB will grow at over seven percent through 2015 with most of that growth coming from SuperSpeed devices, particularly after 2011. Both low-/full-speed and high-speed USB will remain relevant throughout the forecast period as well. Low-/full-speed will remain the interface of choice in HIDs, and high-speed will remain in many PC peripheral and CE applications."

The report revealed that last year, low-/full-speed USB-enabled device shipments peaked with more than 870 million units. By 2013, SuperSpeed USB is forecast to have an attach rate of 70 percent in Blu-ray players. Additionally, estimates suggest that in 2015, nearly 38 million broadband routers will ship with high-speed USB in 2015 and 28 percent of all USB-enable devices will ship with SuperSpeed USB.

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