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USB 3.0 cable makers raise data rate to 5Gbps or beyond

Supply of USB 3.0 models will continue to rise, but USB 2.0 variants will remain dominant.


  • Rising supply: USB 3.0 models currently account for 5 to 8 percent of China’s total output of USB data cables. Although this share is expected to continue climbing to match the influx of high-speed electronics, USB 2.0 units will remain dominant.
  • Boosting speed: More makers are using oxygen-free copper, and aluminized polyester and copper foil and braided shielding to enhance transfer speed. Mainstream units deliver 4 or 5Gbps, but some variants go beyond 5Gbps.
  • Full connectors popular: Products support A, B, mini B, and micro A, B and AB connector types to meet varying user requirements. These are suitable for high-speed USB 3.0 HDDs, hubs and flash drives, and hybrid cable conversion such as USB 3.0 to HDMI or RJ-45.
  • “Green” housing & custom cable length: Several suppliers have started the shift to environment-friendly TPE. They are moving away from PVC although the former is about 10 percent costlier. As for the cable, most models have 0.2 to 3m length, with 0.5 to 1.5m mainstay. More makers offer custom length to meet diverse specifications.


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