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Nvidia confirms Intel won't back USB 3.0 until 2011

By Matthew ยท 17 replies
Nov 4, 2009
  1. Nvidia has confirmed that Intel will not be packaging USB 3.0 support into its chipsets until at least 2011. Motherboard manufacturers have been, and will continue to use discrete USB 3.0 controllers from third-party companies, but at an extra cost. That being the case, we should continue to see motherboards and devices equipped with the latest USB spec, but a mass adoption is unlikely at this point in time.

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  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 840   +7

  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,817   +1,180

    Hope they do turn around and say they will do this before 2011.
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,482   +521

    This is fairly typical Intel marketing... Do what you can to eliminate or reduce your competition, then decide for the consumers what hardware they will get, don't give them a choice. It's a smart plan that has worked in the past, but today's consumers are a bit more savvy, and a lot less apt to put up with being bullied into something like LightPeak. Sure, it's a great technology, but USB 3.0 is an industry standardized interface that is going to be widely adopted. I'm willing to bet that a big rash of USB 3.0 products will hit the market hard, suddenly Intel's board sales will droop as better (and cheaper) alternatives that natively support the 3.0 standard are sought after, and then Intel will be scrambling to support 3.0. It will all depend on how fast the USB 3.0 devices hit the marketplace, and how good they are.
  5. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Posts: 74

    Intel is playing games. Makes you wonder though what if Intel is working on a new data transfer standard?
  6. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Well said nVidia !
  7. MBK

    MBK TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Rofl, gotta love that nVidia comment.

    As was said, Intel can try and push their own tech all they want, but USB is an industry standard, it will take off as soon as they start support, regardless of what they achieve in the mean time.

    I really wish Intel had some motivation to progress though...
  8. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 648   +58

    yup, something does not add up here. But if they are working on something new it's going to be difficult to compete with usb 3.0, due to availability of usb 3.0 devices by the time they support it. So if they do come up with their own standard then what devices will use it (unless it becomes compatible somehow with an existing standard and it's predecessors)?
  9. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 789   +175

    Intel not looking towards the future apparently, Intel is so rich they can pass opportunitys up like this hurts us in the long run
  10. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Definitely agree with Nvidia here. When Intel doesn't have enough competition, it gets complacent. If AMD didn't scare Intel with the Athlon 64 a few years back, I doubt that we would have seen the same pace of CPU development that we've had since. Hopefully AMD will get USB 3.0 into their chipsets a lot sooner.
  11. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666   +325

    "Nvidia confirms Intel..." Yes, that makes it so trustworthy. In other news, Intel has confirmed that AMD will not have a competitive CPU any time soon and AMD has confirmed that NVIDIA will not have DX11 GPU's on the market in the next few months.
  12. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    What is Intel doing?! If the technology is there why wait for 2 years to release it! We're meant to be moving forward not staying where we are!
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,571   +2,053

    If intel manages to release it at least in Q4 of 2010 then it's good. USB 3.0 will be an high end part for an year or more and usb 3.0 devices will most likely be expensive until the market gets saturated. The more products the better and the adoption rate will also be faster.
  14. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    The technology is there and they are willingly holding it off. Can't the organization behind the USB standard sue them? I've seen companies being sued for much less than that.
  15. DJ83

    DJ83 TS Enthusiast Posts: 33

    Sad times!! I have been waiting for the new USB3 to purchase two laptops for my relatives, guess I'll be waiting a while. Will probably get an add on pci card for my desktop. I hope this costs intel some market share so they learn to stop dictating to the consumer.
  16. Outerspace

    Outerspace TS Rookie

    Not very ingenuous move by Intel, but thanks to Nec & Marvell's controllers there is some kind of support on new motherboards like ASUS P7P55D Premium or Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4. I'm unsure how the laptop makers will respond, but USB 2.0 standard is almost 9 years old, and it's time for a new, faster one.
  17. Ju1iet

    Ju1iet TS Rookie

    ION is superior, I agree. But it doesn't have SpeedStep support, does it?
  18. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Guru Posts: 277

    This is still a new technology. I would not expect this to be "cheap" any time soon. Definitely not by 2011
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