Research firm In-Stat estimates shipments of USB 3.0 devices will total 80 million this year. The popularity of USB 3.0 is growing, but it's still a small business considering that 3.5 billion USB devices shipped in 2010.
“Mobile phones are a key driver for USB overall, and will play a role in the adoption of SuperSpeed USB. In 2010, USB was found internally in over 1.2 billion mobile phones, with high-speed USB dominating. In addition, the number of USB ports in phones increased to over 100 million units. The first SuperSpeed USB phones won't hit the market until late 2013, but they will be accompanied by a new SuperSpeed connector for phones that will succeed the current micro-USB port found in today's phones," said Brian O’Rourke, a research director at In-Stat.
In-Stat to forecasts that nearly 80 million USB SuperSpeed-enabled devices will ship in 2011. About 3.5 billion USB devices shipped in 2010, according to In-Stat.