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Intel Ivy Bridge Getting USB 3.0, Thunderbolt

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

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.

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    Anonymous , April 15, 2011 1:25 PM
    About time. It's no coincidence that AMD made USB3 announcement earlier this week and Intel follows. It's a shame it's taking this long for Superspeed to get rolled out.

    Yeah, it took a while for 1.1 & 2.0 to get implemented, but those were substantial upgrades in an uncertain market. The market demand for 480MB/s is clear, and the standard hasn't changed that much that a bunch of engineers can't solve the differences.
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    kashifme21 , April 15, 2011 1:43 PM
    IV bridge plus console ports will be awesome... not.
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    stingstang , April 15, 2011 1:52 PM
    Called it.
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    atikkur , April 15, 2011 1:53 PM
    will lga115 supports ivy bridge prosessor? thats matter much.
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    atikkur , April 15, 2011 1:55 PM
    will lga1155 supports ivy bridge prosessor? thats matter much.
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    ricardok , April 15, 2011 1:59 PM
    A70M?!?! ATOM??? Wow! It's just me or the names were created to confuse intel fans??
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    mobrocket , April 15, 2011 2:18 PM
    Artimissmo? what planet do you come from...


    USB 3.0 should be great once it goes mainstream, however i doubt the normal user cares or knows the difference
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    campb292 , April 15, 2011 2:25 PM
    Are all trolls Republican? I know someone who feasts on the bones of TROLLS!


    Anyway, this is welcome news.
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    ProDigit10 , April 15, 2011 3:49 PM
    Some companies better be working on their midi standard!
    It's over 25 years old!
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    bison88 , April 15, 2011 4:38 PM
    Lets cut the BS Intel, you're procrastinating to push your Light Peak technology now called by that horrible Thunderbolt name (guy who came up with that should be fired). You're not fooling anyone when USB 3.0 was pretty much finalized back at the very end of 2009 when you say it'll take at least 2-3 years to fully implement in your chipsets.
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    Leaps-from-Shadows , April 15, 2011 4:57 PM
    Yay! Superspeed and Thunderbolt!

    ...wait...

    Will these systems be too fast? I mean c'mon, with all the fast-sounding names, they've gotta be too fast for us. lol
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    back_by_demand , April 15, 2011 5:02 PM
    Leaps-from-ShadowsYay! Superspeed and Thunderbolt

    Sound like a crime-fighting duo
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    mikem_90 , April 15, 2011 5:11 PM
    Leaps-from-ShadowsYay! Superspeed and Thunderbolt!...wait...Will these systems be too fast? I mean c'mon, with all the fast-sounding names, they've gotta be too fast for us. lol


    That does make me wonder if we'll have bottlenecks like we had with the 1156/155 sockets. Granted most of the new stuff will likely be moved over to chipset and avoid using PCI-E lanes, but how much bandwidth will you have for these devices?

    Eh, who knows.
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    iamtheking123 , April 15, 2011 5:35 PM
    So basically Intel should hang a banner saying they were stupid 2 years ago to outright reject putting USB3 in their chipsets. Foot meet mouth.
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    d-block , April 15, 2011 5:41 PM
    When does Intel's Max Power cable come out?
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    amk09 , April 15, 2011 6:47 PM
    kashifme21IV bridge plus console ports will be awesome... not.


    Battlefield 3!
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2011 7:18 PM
    Ivy Bridge will make AMD's products look worse than today. Hopefully, 2012 is the year when Intel finish AMD and put it in the toilet.
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    f-14 , April 15, 2011 7:31 PM
    pci express 3.0 will be next year too right?
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    CyberAngel , April 15, 2011 8:54 PM
    atikkurwill lga1155 supports ivy bridge prosessor? thats matter much.


    2011 for four channels of DDR3 if that's what you want
    maybe intel will release 2012 slot year 2012 ;-)
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    Anonymous , April 16, 2011 12:17 AM
    @Maddoctor

    because ivy bridge is 50% faster then sandy bridge right.......
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