Intel Reportedly to Release Discrete USB 3.0 Controller

Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of central processing units and chipsets, will reportedly release its own discrete SuperSpeed USB controller in a bid speed up transition to the new interface and also obtain a new revenue stream.

The lack of core-logic sets with USB 3.0 support dramatically slowdowns adoption of the new interface. NEC have shipped around three million discrete USB 3.0 controllers from September, which means that only a tiny fraction of mainboards supplied in the same timeframe can support the standard. Moreover, Intel's own 6-series chipsets due in 2010 are not going to support USB 3.0, which will further delay mass implementation of the interface.

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