USB Flash Drive - From USB 1.0 to USB 3.0

There were just a few people who could imagine how USB Flash drives will settle in our lives when they firstly appeared. The technology was and is evolving rapidly. USB port version 1.0 was introduced in 1996 and was quickly followed by version 1.1 in 1998. As IT customers' demand increases, it became apparent that the performance specifications of the port were inefficient. However, this changed in April 2000. We can sedately consider this moment as the beginning of the USB flash drive era as the USB 2.0 port was introduced. It greatly exceeds his predecessor in every way. The maximum transfer rate of USB 2.0 is 480 Mbits/s which is 40 times faster then USB 1.1.

Companies have come to the great opportunity and to thrive on developing Flash drives. With maximum read/write speed of nearly 40 Mbytes/s it seemed like an endless variety of USB memory sticks kept coming to the IT market.
Even so, nobody thought of it as a replacement for a floppy disk, but here we are in 2010 and floppy drives are no longer required since USB flash drives have overtaken all its functionality from booting (system rescue), through data storage, backup and transfer, to function as an installation medium. USB drive is much more durable, secure and has larger capacity reaching 256 GB which is over 150,000 times more compared to 1.44 MB floppy disk.

Year 2010 brought us another innovative step in USB technology: USB 3.0 - the most powerful USB port to date with an amazing maximum transfer rate of 3,200 Mbits/s. USB 3.0 flash drives were already introduced; ranging from 16 GB to 256 GB and covering the field of security, reliability and speed.

We already have USB flash drives with very useful features like the whole operating system on-the-go or special USB flash drives designed to store important personal medical records which may save your life one day and a lot more. Although it might seem like nothing else can be done to improve the USB technology, immense progress from the 1998 is a testimony to continued innovative efforts in further advancing and enhancing of the USB flash drives.

The future of USB 3.0 looks very promising and everyday thousands people are working hard on developing new ways of using USB memory sticks. Let's see what the future brings us.

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