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Next-Gen Intel Chipsets To Support USB 3.0

By - Source: Heise | B 36 comments

Heise found a recent presentation that provides details about the Panther Point chipset series as well as its USB 3.0 integration. The presentation is apparently targeted at mainboard manufactureres as it is positioned as an effective appetizer to advertise the benefits of 5 Gbps USB 3.0 versus the current 480 Kbps USB 2.0.

According to Intel, Ivy Bridge and Panther Point boards should integrate four USB 3.0 ports. The technology will support Windows 7 and Windows 8, whiel Windows XP systems will run USB 3.0 ports as USB 2.0 interfaces via a native Windows EHCI driver.

There is no information when Intel's USB 3.0 integration will be available, but Heise speculates that Panther Point could be announced as series 7 chipsets at CES 2012.   

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    nevertell , January 24, 2011 7:19 PM
    About damn time.
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    rmmil978 , January 24, 2011 7:20 PM
    An Ivy Bridge build will be my next PC.
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    jdamon113 , January 24, 2011 7:24 PM
    okay. what is wrong with the nec chipset.
    not a big deal. I am looking ahead to intel light peak
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    jrharbort , January 24, 2011 7:24 PM
    "The presentation is apparently targeted at mainboard manufactureres as it is positioned as an effective appetizer to advertise the benefits of 5 Gbps USB 3.0 versus the current 480 Kbps USB 2.0."
    I thought USB 2.0 was 480Mbps? :p 

    Also, Intel is a little late to the party. NEC has been enjoying a nice monopoly on the USB 3.0 market.
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    dan55 , January 24, 2011 7:27 PM
    Uh, wait, weren't they supposed to have USB 3.0 native support in Sandy Bridge? And what is with Intel right now? Why don't they just make Light peak part of Ivy Bridge natively, then have the adapters as motherboard extras with the board when you buy it, instead of all this screwing around with trying to get USB 3.0 support, but continuously pushing it back? Semms pretty backwards to me.
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    silverblue , January 24, 2011 7:38 PM
    Weren't Intel supposed pioneers of USB 3.0? Better late than never, I guess.
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    orbitron , January 24, 2011 7:45 PM
    So no CPU supports USB 3.0 at this time? So right now Motherboards with USB 3.0 support runs at USB 2.0 speed?
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    XD_dued , January 24, 2011 8:11 PM
    Hmm...wasn't intel looking for lightpeak (or should i say copperpeak) to replace usb? Hmmm...
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    slycraft , January 24, 2011 8:21 PM
    Well too bad the world ENDS in 2012....looks like no USB 3.0 before our extinction haha
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    sixbone , January 24, 2011 8:23 PM
    @orbitron

    CPU has nothing to do with it. USB 3.0 is not built into the chipset yet, that's all. if you have a mobo with USB 3.0, you will have USB 3.0 speeds, apparantly XP will see USB 2.0 speeds.
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    HavoCnMe , January 24, 2011 8:26 PM
    Jrharbort you are correct USB 2.0 is 480Mbps.....Could you imagine if were 480Kbps.
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    orbitron , January 24, 2011 8:35 PM
    @sixbone

    Thanks for clarifying sixbone.
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    burnley14 , January 24, 2011 8:42 PM
    rmmil978An Ivy Bridge build will be my next PC.


    Same here. I'm really surprised that USB3 is taking so long to become popular, I really would have thought it would be mainstream by this point.
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    SteelCity1981 , January 24, 2011 8:51 PM
    Are they sure this time? lol I mean, it's not like USB 3.0 support hasn't been pushed back by intel 3 times already.
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    Vatharian , January 24, 2011 9:04 PM
    Actually Intel had bought third-party USB 3.0 controller and tried integrating it with x67 Cougarpoint, but they failed to implement it - too much bugs, etc. and they decided to move it one generation ahead until they manage to rion out all bugs. Pre-market intel's own P67 mobo had blue usb 3.0 ports, but they were rewired as 2.0. In final retail version all chipset-driven ports are natively only 2.0.
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    Hupiscratch , January 24, 2011 9:43 PM
    Maybe PCI-E 3.0 too. Let´s Hope :) 
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    mikem_90 , January 24, 2011 9:51 PM
    jdamon113okay. what is wrong with the nec chipset.not a big deal. I am looking ahead to Intel light peak


    This is native support in the Chipset, it will save PCI-Express lanes. Right now Intel is kinda cramped for PCI-E lanes on the 1156/1155 sockets. If a motherboard manufacturer has to divert a lane or two to the NEC chip, it means less for SLI or Crossfire.
    While one or two were not a big deal, the bug in Intel's chipsets means that a single lane alone shifts down into PCIE 1.0 mode, so it chokes on bandwidth. So you gotta send it a 4x lane or something.
    It was detailed a while back by Toms and a lot of sites, motherboards trying to implement Sata 6g/s and USB3 balancing performance of the HDD and USB3 drives.
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    dapneym , January 24, 2011 9:56 PM
    I suppose one could say better late than never...
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    zodiacfml , January 24, 2011 10:51 PM
    Intel should get back focusing on usb 3.0 since it seems that their Light Peak is not going anywhere for now or years from now.
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    jimmysmitty , January 24, 2011 11:02 PM
    Quote:
    Weren't Intel supposed pioneers of USB 3.0? Better late than never, I guess.


    Intel is pretty much half of the USB creators, well at least one of the guys works form them so therefore it probably was somewhere in Intels massive labs that made USB 3.0 possible. Not having it on a chipset naitivley doesn't mean anything really and as far as I can find, pretty much no chipsets have naitive USB 3.0 support. All of them are just seperate chips on the mobos.
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