It's said that the chipmaker might integrate USB 3.0 support in its upcoming Hudson D1 southbridge, and if true, it shouldn't be long before those plans are public. The new chipset is due later this year alongside the company's 40nm Ontario APUs, and the platform will be used in ultrathin notebooks and netbooks -- a segment where USB 3.0 is currently very scarce.
AMD already uses NEC's parts in its desktop boards, so adding laptops to that agreement shouldn't be too difficult. Since Intel isn't expected to embrace the new specification any time soon, AMD could gain more influence over system builders.
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