A group of hardware and software manufacturers, including Microsoft, Intel, and HP, have formed the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. The mission of the group is to coordinate development of the next-generation USB standard, USB 3.0. Their goal is to boost USB performance about 10 times over the existing USB 2.0 speeds. The target for finalizing the USB 3.0 standard is the first half of 2008, but don’t expect to see USB 3.0 compliant devices on the market until at least the end of 2009. This Computerworld.com article details more about the group’s efforts.