AMD announces Fusion chipsets with USB 3.0 support

By on April 13, 2011, 3:26 PM
Although plenty of USB 3.0 devices have launched since the specification was finalized in late 2008, Intel and AMD have been slow to deliver embedded support. To date, neither chipmaker provides native USB 3.0 support, forcing motherboard manufacturers to purchase third-party controllers.

Fortunately, this shouldn't be the case for much longer as both camps ready their USB 3.0 parts. Yesterday we learned that Intel plans to include USB 3.0 support in its 7-Series Panther Point chipset, due sometime during the first half of 2012 alongside its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors.

Not to be outdone by its counterparts in Santa Clara, AMD revealed this week that its upcoming A75 and A70M FCH Fusion chipsets will have an integrated USB 3.0 controller. What's more, AMD spokesman Phil Hughes told PCWorld those chips are already shipping to system builders.

It's unclear what APUs the A75 and A70M will be paired with, but we imagine AMD would cover its existing Ontario and Zacate APUs. Both parts are typically used in compact, budget-oriented notebooks and nettops, which would directly benefit from the savings of an embedded controller.

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pmshah said:

Isn't this jumping the gun ? They could not even get the USB-2.0 support right in their chip sets (780/790) for Phenom Quad.

I have 4 PCs connected to a TruLink 4 port KV< switch one of which is based on MSI "K9A2GM" . While the other 3 based on via, and nvidia work flawlessly I have to either have a second set of keyboard and mouse attached to this particular PC at all times or press the reset button on the KVM switch every time I switch to this particular PC. This is true regardless of the OS I am running on that PC.

Even after repeated correspondence with MSI no solution was forth coming. Couple of months back they replaced the motherboard for a different reason. The problem still continues.

I have been a diehard loyalist of AND for last 15 years dut=ring which I must have built at least about 500 systems - all based on AMD. So infuture if I can't get motherboards with AMD cpu support with nVidia chiset it is bye-bye AMD.

Good job AMD !!!!!

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