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Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:04

USB 3 will be standard on Ivy Bridge

Written by Nick Farell



Intel gets the thumbs up


USB 3.0 will become a standard offering on Intel-based Windows PCs next year.

The USB Implementers Forum  has ruled that the Ivy Bridge 7 Series Chipset and other Intel chipsets have achieved USB 3.0 certification. USB 3.0 delivers up to 10 times the data transfer rate of USB 2.0, as well as improved power efficiency. Intel's Ivy Bridge will ship in Windows PCs in the April and will be the first to have  USB 3.0 as a standard feature for the first time. USB 3.0 has been seen on laptops and desktops from AMD or NEC.

In a press release Intel said that SuperSpeed USB certification helps ensure interoperability and backward compatibility within the broad USB ecosystem. When USB 3.0 is integrated into Intel's chipsets, it will make the standard universal because it can be offered on virtually any PC.

It is not clear where this will leave Intel's own high-speed connection technology called Thunderbolt, which comes on Apple's MacBooks, but that isn't expected to be as widely used in 2012 as USB 3.0.

Nick Farell

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0 #1 STRESS 2011-12-15 13:39
Thunderbold is dead or should we say never alive just an expansive Mac gimmick without any real value. Hadn't they not dropped the fibre optic interface story might be different
 
 
-1 #2 milkod2001 2011-12-15 15:40
Thunderbold could be great, but it's too expensive to impress
 
 
+2 #3 dicobalt 2011-12-15 16:30
It took them long enough.
 
 
-1 #4 Jay 2011-12-15 18:27
Quoting dicobalt:
It took them long enough.
What are you saying? Intel's original boards & 3rd party boards already have USB 3.0 ports...granted they were by NEC or Efron or ASMedia...thing is they have it & I have Intel DH67CF mITX board & it has Nec USB3 2 ports at back..I get 68 MB/s - 160 MB/s speeds on my 2 USB3.0 Western Digital pocket 500GB drives!
 
 
0 #5 GrumpyOldMan 2011-12-16 16:56
someone help me.

Is USB 3.0 a hardware thing, a software thing, or both?

tanks
 
 
0 #6 JAB Creations 2011-12-19 00:57
Quoting GrumpyOldMan:
someone help me.

Is USB 3.0 a hardware thing, a software thing, or both?

tanks







You need physical hardware and the chip and then you need the software drivers to tell the operating system how to identify and work with that hardware.
 

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