Intel Plans to Equip Chips With USB 3.0 Host Controller in 2012

Sep 16, 2010
Hiroki Yomogita, Nikkei Electronics
Gigabyte Technology Co Ltd's motherboard that is compatible with USB 3.0
Gigabyte Technology Co Ltd's motherboard that is compatible with USB 3.0
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Intel Corp disclosed that the company will equip its PC chipsets with the function of a USB 3.0 host controller in 2012.

This was mentioned at Intel Developer Forum 2010 (IDF 2010) by an Intel employee who is responsible for USB-related issues.

When the host controller function is embedded in Intel's PC chipsets, USB 3.0 will become one of the standard features of PCs.

"For example, the market for USB 3.0 peripheral devices will explode," said an engineer who is working for a chip manufacturer.

Some forecast that Intel would embed the USB 3.0 host controller function in its chipsets in 2011. But it became clear that the company intends to introduce the function in 2012.

However, Renesas Electronics Corp and other companies have already started shipping their USB 3.0 host controller chips, and PC motherboard makers are beginning to ship motherboards using those chips. USB-IF, an industry group promoting the use of USB 3.0, intends to quickly expand the market by spreading the use of motherboards using existing host controller chips.