NEC to cut USB 3.0 chip prices amid increased competition

By Jos ยท 4 replies
Jul 23, 2010
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  1. With Intel holding back USB 3.0 support on its own chipsets until sometime in 2011, or even further, NEC has been able to capitalize on the slowly but steady adoption from manufacturers. Pretty much every motherboard we've seen sporting 'SuperSpeed' connectivity used one of NEC's controller chips, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they've garnered an impressive majority of the market -- 90% according to a report by DigiTimes.

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  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,674   +990

    As evidenced in our recent AMD AM3 budget motherboard shootout, motherboards costing less than $100 are carrying USB 3.0 chips already, so price is not a barrier at this point. More practical uses on devices other than external hard drives have to make an appearance for USB 3.0 to become mainstream.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I wonder if you can get more bang for your buck when buying a gaming mouse with a 3.0 port. Probably not.
  4. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 82

    The speeds/precision that a human can max out at can definably be covered by usb 2.0, but im sure mice manufactures will use usb 3.0 to try to sell more product.

    I mean I am just basing this on my personal experiences with current mice, im sure for a mouse to hit the usb 2.0 data ceiling it would need a dpi of like 10000 and a polling rate of like .01 ms lol.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I guess at some point I'll probably buy a USB 3.0 enclosure. I have a eSATA one, but for some reason Windows 7 has issues on coming out of sleep and recognizing the drive, so I had to switch that to USB 2.0 mode, and quite a staggering change.

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