Synopsys conducts the worlds first USB 3.2 demo

Synopsys conducts the worlds first USB 3.2 demo

Synopsys conducts the worlds first USB 3.2 demo

Back in September 2017, the USB 3.2 standard was published by USB-IF, the USB Implementers Forum, offering a 2x performance increase over USB 3.1 Gen2. 

The standard offers increased transfer speeds by making use of the reversible nature of USB 3.1 Type-C, using multi-lane operation to support both of the cable’s data lanes. This change allows USB 3.2 to be supported on existing USB 3.1 Type-C data cables. 

The process towards the adoption of any new USB standard is slow, with years passing before USB 3.1 became available in devices after the standard’s release. USB 3.2 is expected to take a similarly long time to become available to consumers.  

Synopsys has taken the industry’s first significant step towards USB 3.2 adoption, conducting the world’s first USB 3.2 demo, using an FPGA to act as a storage medium while using a standard USB 3.1 cable to transfer a data stream of 1.6GB per second to a connected Windows 10 PC. A video which showcases this hardware demo is available below. 

At this time Synopsys has not stated when companies will be able to licence their implementation of USB 3.2 or when USB 3.2 devices will become available to consumers.

Today most USB devices cannot make full use of the performance offered by USB 3.1, making USB 3.2 seem redundant in the eyes of some consumers. Even so, USB 3.2 remains 2x slower than Thunderbolt 3, which offers enough bandwidth to be used as an external GPU connection standard. 

You can join the discussion on Synopsys’ USB 3.2 demo on the OC3D Forums.