NEC Electronics Introduces World's First USB 3.0 Host Controller

NEC Electronics today introduced the world's first Universal Serial Bus (USB) host controller (part number µPD720200) for the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 standard. NEC Electronics expects rapid adoption of the device and standard as the need to transfer larger and larger amounts of information between PCs to external hard-drives, portable electronics devices, and flash-based thumb drives, continues to grow rapidly.

The µPD720200 device is a host controller for PCs and other digital devices, and is based on the new version of the SuperSpeed USB standard. Supporting the world's fastest USB transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) of data, which is 10 times faster than previous USB 2.0 transfer speeds. The NEC Electronics device, as well as the standard, is fully backward compatible with the USB 2.0, 1.1 and 1.0 versions of the USB standard.

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FantasyStar3443d ago (Edited 3443d ago )

Transferring 25GB in over 70 seconds is pretty godly for USB. About 20ish seconds shy of Ethernet transfer at 1Gbps, but drastically overcutting USB 2.0 by mounts.

The big question is whether this controller can maintain those speeds. Remember "burst" vs. "constant" data rates? The ol' USB vs. Firewire debate? I smell it coming back.