Those looking forward
to the wide rollout of USB 3.0 will be saddened to hear that the
specification has been dealt a setback. This summer, expectations
were that USB 3.0 devices and computers supporting USB 3.0 would be
A source at a top-tier computer maker has
confirmed to EETimes that USB
3.0 support in key Intel chipsets has been postponed until 2011.
Support for USB 3.0 was expected to show up in early 2010 for Intel
chipsets. The same top-tier PC maker source also told EETimes
that wireless USB was effectively dead. Rather than moving to
wireless USB, which has had many supporting startups and interest
groups close up shop, the industry buzz is now focusing on 60 GHz
With Intel not offering wide support for USB 3.0
in its chipsets in 2010, adoption of the specification will
reportedly be limited to a few high-end graphics workstations and
consumer PCs. The makers of these systems will be forced to buy
discrete host controllers for their boards, which will make the parts
The unnamed source added, "It's hard to
commit to an emerging technology like this (USB 3.0) when the key
silicon enablers are not making it a priority. You get into a
chicken-and-egg situation." USB 3.0 "won't get real
traction until it gets integrated in the chip sets," said the
As for why USB 3.0 was postponed after a big showing
at IDF, the source told EETimes, "Tech and strategy
groups (at Intel) are not always aligned with the product development
teams that are in the mode of trying to make revenue and prioritize
what to integrate."
quote: buy now is a motherboard with PCIe x4 slot that doesn't take bandwidth from main PEG x16 slot
quote: If i understand correctly that counts all P55 mobos out since they only have 16 PCIe lanes?
quote: the SB850 chip should be out as early as 1st of the year
quote: From what I've heard about e-SATA you have to start the computer with the device hooked up or reboot to get it working
quote: Now if they make one in the next couple months at same random read/write speeds as Indilix/Intel drives, ~500MB/s sequential read/write speeds, and $3/GB and TRIM. I'm in.
quote: Delay will greatly impact USB 3.0 adoption in 2010