New USB 3.2 standard introduced to make everything (even more) complicated
Tarryn van der Byl·
Because USB standards weren’t already complicated enough, apparently.
First, we had USB 1.1. Then USB 2.0. Then USB 3.0. Then USB 3.1, but then the USB Implementers Forum decided to rebrand existing USB 3.0 5Gbps devices as USB 3.1 Gen 1, and USB 3.0 10Gbps devices as USB 3.1 Gen 2, making USB 3.0 entirely irrelevant except as an example of stupid bureaucracy.
Now USB 3.2 is prepping its debut, with support for data speeds up to 20Gbps, but this tech convenience comes at a sanity cost. The USB Implementers Forum, in keeping with its questionable history of decisions, has decided to also rebrand existing USB 3.1 devices as USB 3.2.
Because why? Because.
So now USB 3.1 devices (originally USB 3.0 devices) will be split between USB 3.2 Gen 1 (originally USB 3.1 Gen 1) for data speeds up to 5Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2 (originally USB 3.1 Gen 2) for data speeds up to 10Gbps, and, but for reals, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 for data speeds up to the new 20Gbps limit. USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. Which isn’t some obscure Japanese video game in this timeline, which is the worst timeline.
This is also besides the different USB connector types, including USB Type-A, USB Type-B, Mini-USB, Micro-USB, Max-USB Turbo Redux 3000-Zero: ReUnmastered //. Plus+ VS Gen X, and USB-C, and I bet you don’t even know which one I made up, and can we delete everything and start over.