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Delay will greatly impact USB 3.0 adoption in 2010

When it comes to backing up large amounts of data, many computer users will agree that USB 2.0 speeds are simply not fast enough. This has led to eSATA and other connectivity solutions that can provide more bandwidth than USB 2.0 is capable of for the storage industry.

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 available before 2010.

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 technology.

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 high-cost items.

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 source.

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."

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By Karandar on 10/22/2009 11:20:08 AM , Rating: 3
The AMD SB850 supposedly supports SATA 3 6gb, but no mention of AMD supported USB 3 yet from the roadmaps I have seen.

From what I have read the SB850 chip should be out as early as 1st of the year.

I want SATA3 and a SATA3 SSD. They can actually use some of the extra bandwidth :)

Our best hope to get usb3 will be from the likes of ASUS and Gigabyte adding in the 3rd party NEC chip or the like on their motherboards.

I think you will see 3rd parties one up Intel yet again next year...

By micksh on 10/22/2009 1:47:34 PM , Rating: 3
the SB850 chip should be out as early as 1st of the year

1st day, week, month, quarter, or, perhaps, first half of the year?

By Operandi on 10/22/2009 2:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
I had a NEC USB2.0 chip way back on one of my VIA chipset Athlon machines and it always worked without a hitch.

By hyvonen on 10/22/2009 2:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
I loved the NEC USB card! Back then when I was still using AMD CPUs (w/ VIA chipsets), the Via USB2.0 just WOULD NOT WORK. Ever. Probably a driver issue.

NEC was flawless. Worked every time. Fast.

Of course, since I switched to Intel, USB2.0 has been flawless. Works every time. Fast.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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