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What is USB 3.1 and How is it Different From USB 3.0?

USB 3.1 is the latest version of the USB standard for connecting computers and electronic devices. It is capable of data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, and while it can use the USB-C connector type, it can also use a variety of other connector types. To achieve USB 3.1 transfer speeds, your USB host connection, cable, and device must support USB 3.1. USB 3.1 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps). 

USB 3.1

USB 3.1

USB 3.0 has data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. USB 3.0 is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps).

USB 3.1 is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, except for the following.

USB-B 3.1 cables are not compatible with USB-B 2.0 ports.

A USB-C port or cable will not work with a USB-A or USB-B port or cable unless you use an adapter.

Devices that require 10Gbps USB 3.1 transfer speeds may not work with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, or you may experience lower transfer speeds and compromised performance.

USB devices that require more bus power than USB 2.0 can provide are not compatible with USB 2.0.

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