AMD, Nvidia claim Intel is denying them access to USB 3.0

By Justin Mann on June 6, 2008, 4:45 PM
AMD and Nvidia are working hand in hand for a new goal, one that pits them both against the 900 pound gorilla that is Intel. The two are claiming that Intel is trying to prevent them from developing chipsets around the USB 3.0 specification, a standard that has not yet been finalized and was only proposed a few months ago. According to them, Intel is not disclosing the specification to their competitors, which include both AMD and Nvidia. They claim that even though the PCI Special Interest Group is doing the footwork, Intel is capable of stonewalling them and not providing access to needed information.

Intel says they are moving with “due speed”. Due speed to them might mean that they will reluctantly give over the information 6 months after they already have USB 3.0 products on the market, which would certainly infuriate anybody who is competing.

USB 3.0 promises a lot, including speeds faster than gigabit. Whether or not it will deliver will be based upon a lot of things, the least of which is not who will actually be able to produce platforms that feature it.

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champmanfan said:
Well if Intel do get their product out first - with the only mobo manufacture to feature USB 3.0 - then its going to get top dollar for its investment with no competitors. Could this have something to do with Intel wanting to rival nVidia+AMD someday with their own onchip CPU+GPU, maybe, but not for a few years yet.Rather than sharing the information & help drive technology forwards, they are beginning to stifle it & annoy consumers that demand the fastest USB speeds. 480Mbps may seem fast for USB 2.0, but with all the photos I take at 10.2Mp+ & backing up my PC via USB 2.0 - getting speeds in excess of 1Gbps would aid in my productivity.
emrandsl08 said:
therickster90 said:
Interesting that AMD and Nvidia are working together (though I'm not sure what that implies), especially since AMD acquired ATI. Intel may have some great processors (current champion), but their graphics aren't nearly on par. I know they're working on their own graphics department, but why not embrace Nvidia, the current champion of that department, especially since AMD and ATI are coming out with their own chipsets now?
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