Next Intel reference motherboard to have USB 3.0?

By on September 7, 2010, 12:08 PM
Intel is widely expected to hold back USB 3.0 support on its own chipsets until sometime in 2011 -- or even further. However, if recent mumblings are to be believed the company might still include the new interface in its next reference motherboard design. The announcement is expected at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2010 later this month, according to DigiTimes, which points out that the move is expected to speed up adoption of USB 3.0 devices.

Many motherboard manufacturers already have board designs including third-party NEC host controllers, and soon Taiwan-based chipmakers ASMedia (a subsidiary of Asus), Etron, and Via are expected to enter the market with aggressively priced controller chips as well. AMD will also embrace USB 3.0 connectivity in its upcoming reference motherboard designs, thanks to collaboration with Renesas, the maker of NEC-branded chips, so Intel following with a standalone controller isn't really surprising -- in fact it was rumored several months ago.

The report states that the announcement involves Intel 'Cougar Point' motherboards, which will pair Intel's 6-series chipsets with next-gen Sandy Bridge microprocessors early next year. No other specifics were mentioned or how -- if at all -- this would affect Intel's Light Peak plans. The high-speed optical cable interface was slated to debut this year.




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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Somehow I don't think my mouse has yet to utilize the full bandwidth of USB 2.0.

The only useful thing I could see buying is a external enclosure, as I am having issues with Windows 7 coming out of sleep and recognizing a eSATA drive, and the USB 2.0 speed leaves something to be desired. But I only use it for backups, so speed is not that essential.

Guest said:

Good, USB2 transfer speeds were the bane of my life at work, time for some speedy drives again :)

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

eSata works for me for now. I can wait.

Guest said:

Unless you haven an enclosure full of RAIDed super speed SSD's, you will see no difference in performance with an external drive. lol

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