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The Re-standardisation of the USB Stick

5th March 2019 | News | Grace Jalowiecka

The USB simplified our data transfer and storage when it was launched back in 1995 – you can read more about how our data storage has developed over time in our recent blog post. This simplification was a huge breakthrough for the data storage industry and is the result of creating a new standard across all devices.

Prior to the USB, we were seeing a huge range of technology devices being developed with their own cables and device-specific ports, but the USB has largely eliminated this problem and streamlined our daily lives. We can now often just get away with using one or maybe two cables a day – making things a lot more simple and a lot less cluttered!

Old USB Type

 

A Break Down of the USB Re-standardisations

Over the past 20+ years, the USB stick has been through many re-standardisations, consistently improving on the rate at which they can transfer data. The below table looks to explain each version update:

From the first USB device, USB 1.0, to our current iteration, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, there have been some big changes. Despite these, the one thing that remains the same is the standardisation we can see across all of our technological devices. The result of this is unified technology devices and fewer cables in our workspaces!

As for USB 4, we don’t expect to see this version for another couple of years but it’s good to know to expect it! At present, we know that USB 4 devices will use USB-C type connectors, which are smaller, oval ports which you may have seen in the last year or so. They look like this…

USB Cable for Phone

USB Versions and Types Explained

Table to show USB Re-standardisation

Each version, as discussed in the above table, brings a higher data transfer speed than the last. This refers to the speed and functionality of the cable. The type, on the other hand, refers to the shape and size of the connector:

  • Type-A connectors are rectangular, and the type that you see commonly for most devices.
  • Type-B connectors are larger and more square, typically seen on printers, scanners and hard drives.
  • Type-C, as previously mentioned, are small oval ports and they are the newest form of USB connector type. Launching in 2013 with USB 3.2 Gen 2, these are slowly spreading into the market. They can be found on the new Google Pixel and Samsung S9 models, amongst others.

 

Flash UK’s Range of High-Speed USBs

Flash UK have a huge range of Type-A custom USB devices for you to choose from, whatever your requirements. Our high-speed personalised USB sticks are completely bespoke to your business, so you can choose everything about the style and design of the device: from the shape and functionality of the housing unit, to the colour and logo placement, if required. Additionally, our low price guarantee and free UK delivery make us an excellent choice for your personalised USB needs.

 

Choose Flash UK for Bespoke Custom USBs

Our custom USBs are designed to suit a range of domestic and commercial uses, so whatever you require can be catered for. We also offer further benefits including a 10-year guarantee and free UK delivery. If you’re interested in placing an order, why not speak to one of our knowledgeable and friendly team? You can get in touch with us today to discuss your needs and we would be more than happy to help.