No additional chips needed... next year.
Intel may seem to be a bit behind the game when it comes to integrating USB 3.0 into it chipsets, but that will finally be a solved problem next year with Ivy Bridge.
Kirk Skaugen, a vice president at the Intel Architecture Group, told attendees of a developer conference in Beijing that the Ivy Bridge platform will have both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak).
"Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform. We're going to support Thunderbolt capability. We believe they're complementary," he said, according to Cnet.
For a while, some thought that Intel was favoring its Thunderbolt over USB 3.0. Given that much of the industry isn't ready to drop that familiar USB connector just yet, Intel will be supporting both in its next platform.
"We encourage all of you working on peripherals around the PC to engage on both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt," Skaugen said.
AMD will actually beat Intel to the punch in offering built-in USB 3.0 support. AMD yesterday said that it will be including Superspeed support in its Fusion A75 and A70M chipsets.