Intel: Mainstream USB 3.0 adoption is years away

By Matthew ยท 61 replies
Mar 9, 2010
  1. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    I can't help but think it would be a little faster than three years. It seems more like next year everybody is ready, I know I am!
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

  3. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    Intel said the same thing about x64 processors and also about some other technologies i cant remember now. I think Intel tries to delay progress as much as possible to milk as much as possible their cash cows and invest as little as possible in Research & Development.
  4. LGraves

    LGraves TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Are the old USB adapters able to plug into a 3.0?
  5. jasonk1229

    jasonk1229 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    I actually expected it to come sooner
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I doubt it will take a whole 2 years and more to actually have USB3 take hold.

    Digital media and portable HDDs are such bandwidth hogs, and are used widely by the general public, and USB3 will greatly boost the performance of these items. I can see how most companies producing these products quickly releasing USB3 versions of their products, even if it is just for advertising sake.

    And if they do produce them, it makes sense for computer makers to offer USB3 ports with their computers (of course, this would involve motherboards). As it is, motherboard makers, and some other add-on card makers have been known to include pretty useless crap with their products, so why not USB3, which would actually be of use? (sound cards with firewire and gameport anyone?)
  7. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Did Intel consider that not releasing a chipset that supports the standard makes it kind of hard to have mainstream adaption? It's easy to be right about your predictions when you won't lift a finger to make things happen sooner.
  8. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    For now I'm using eSATA which is plenty fast for me. My next PC may have USB 3.0 in which case I would get a hard drive to support it for backups but USB and eSATA are plenty fast for what I need.
  9. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Booster Posts: 101   +10

    USB 3.0 will be taking hold by end of year IMHO (for desktop users) for the early adopters there are already USB 3.0 products on the way that can plug into your desktop, unfortunately it will be laptops that are not supported until later. I wanted to buy a new laptop this year but looks like I may have to delay another year until USB 3.0 ports are included. I copy alot of files, mostly photos, from usb and have to wait up to 1 hour to copy off the flash card. A usb 3.0 card reader should perform much faster :)
  10. klpowell

    klpowell TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Intel and other motherboard manufactors are to blame for the slow uptake in USB3.0 Device designers are not going to start producing, widescale, USB 3.0 products until there is a market for them. This is simliar to the HD Radio flop here in the US Sure alot of radio stations have HD signals, but the uptake has been low because the products is just not widely availble to the general consumer.
  11. tripplejjj

    tripplejjj TS Rookie Posts: 28

    I am not going to wait for Intel to adopt the USB 3.0. A USB 3.0 add-in card is out and pretty affordable especially when I have no intention of upgrading my motherboard within the next five years.
  12. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Makes sense as there are few products at the moment that really need to take advantage of the extra speed. External drives are definitely one of them though. While it may not have full adoption, that doesn't mean device manufacturers and OEMs won't be providing devices that can utilize it. It just means the average person won't care.
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    There are some USB 3.0 mobos out already from Gigabyte and Asus - and they only cost about 10% more than regular ones. Anyone thinking of building a new PC should be moving to USB 3.0 now.
  14. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Now there are billions of devices that have USB 2.0, and of course that it will take a long time to replace all those, to USB 3.0.
  15. zaidpirwani

    zaidpirwani TS Rookie Posts: 74

    I can wait till that long.....
  16. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    USB 3.0 has been out for quite awhile now.. if you really can't wait you should go buy some hardware that supports it :p

    I would love to have USB 3.0 for my flash drive and mp3 player.. it would be killer to be able to fill them up in a minute or two instead of the typical hour. But then again, I really don't transfer 16gb of data at a single time on a regular basis.. so just like SSDs I guess I can wait for the price to settle
  17. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    goodnews. this must be released soon if the world has to end by 2012
  18. Tizzlejack

    Tizzlejack TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Why would it take so long? It's backwards compatible plus they're already putting it on current motherboards.
  19. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    But, what if USB 3.0 is what CAUSES the world to end in 2012??? Something to ponder :)
  20. cocodel

    cocodel TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Hardware manufactures always find ways to empty buyers pockets.Wait to see the real use of USB 3.0
  21. z71kris

    z71kris TS Rookie Posts: 20

    why wait lets get it done now, oh wait that wont draw attention, and what not, and they they could sell other stuff in the mean time...
  22. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155


    Intel is working on lightspeak, though that will take awhile. In the mean time they FUD USB 3.0. Makes you want to buy more AMD.
  23. supyo

    supyo TS Enthusiast Posts: 50

    years away? wtf
  24. DryIce

    DryIce TS Rookie Posts: 60

    The question is do average users really need USB 3.0? If they don't, and if USB 2.0 is cheaper, their will, of course, be a slower adoption of USB 3.0.
  25. AfricanTech

    AfricanTech TS Rookie Posts: 69

    what about usb 3.1 - apparently it makes it even faster - personally i think intel is underestimating the market...
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