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Intel Receives SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Certification

As previously discussed in April, Intel has officially received SuperSpeed USB Certification for its upcoming Intel 7 Series Chipset Family for client PCs and Intel C216 Chipset for servers from the USB Implementers Forum. These chipsets will provide up to 4 integrated USB 3.0 ports. USB 3.0 support will enable faster transfer rates for consumers connecting devices to their PC, with compatible USB 3.0 devices.

“SuperSpeed USB certification of our Intel 7 Series Chipset and Intel C216 Chipset Family helps ensure interoperability and backward compatibility within the broad USB ecosystem,” said Ahmad Zaidi, General Manager, Intel Corporation Chipset and SoC IP Group. “The Intel 7 Series Chipset and Intel C216 Chipset Family offers OEMs and consumers many exciting features, and Intel is excited to integrate SuperSpeed USB technology into our upcoming chipsets.”

In related news, the USB-IF also revealed a new standard that is capable of carrying powered audio and video.

  • ta152h
    It's hard not to wonder why it took them so long, considering they pushed pretty aggressively for the USB 3.0 standard.
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  • phatbuddha79
    I thought they didn't like USB so much since they're trying to push their own thunderbolt standard...
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  • buzznut
    Actually, I think Intel was more concerned with making the thunderbolt USB spec popular. I would say they were opposed to USB 3.0 thinking their technology was superior. That would account for feet dragging on Intel's part. Unless this is Thunderbolt were talking about and Intel renamed it...
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  • nikorr
    At last....
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  • archange
    Intel last to the table :P
    TB is coming along slower than predicted. Which is hardly a surprise.
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  • SteelCity1981
    Welcome to 2009 Intel. It's about time, it took you 3 years to finally get on board.
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  • Friis
    isn't going from thunderbolt to USB 3.0 a downgrade?
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  • chiefbox
    USB 3.0 is not TB - 2 different technologies. Apple was behind the TB idea, it's not by coincidence Apple was the 1st to productize TB on their laptops.
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  • chiefbox
    Well that depends... Both have high data throughput but serve 2 different functions and have different objectives.
    Friisisn't going from thunderbolt to USB 3.0 a downgrade?
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  • belardo
    No, Intel developed Thunderbolt - which was first used in Apple's computers. Its intel technology, just as much as the CPU and chipsets in the Mac notebooks and desktops.

    Its not the same as USB, quite different - both standards have their pros and cons. TB uses a daisy chain system, hence - you get only 1 TB port, vs 3~7 USB ports.
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