USB 3.0 could hit communication speeds of 4 Gbps and next generation Firewire might be 3.2 Gbps or 10 Gbps USB2 has a speed of 480 mbps.
The USB3 spec probably will have to reduce the five-meter reach of USB 2.0, perhaps to as little as two meters.
The 1394 has been studying use of Firewire over distances as great as 100 meters on Category 5/6 cable and optical fibre, Snider noted. It is also exploring versions for use in the home and car over coax cables.
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