Intel Bringing SuperSpeed USB to Intel 7 Series Chipset

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 13 December 2011 17:05

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Intel has recently announced at the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) that they will be bringing SuperSpeed USB, or USB 3.0, to their 7 Series Chipset. Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President & COO, said, "This is a tremendous milestone for the industry. With USB-IF certification of Intel’s integrated USB host silicon, host manufacturers will be able to bring SuperSpeed USB to the masses. Intel’s commitment to SuperSpeed USB will continue to provide peripheral device manufacturers a compelling incentive to develop a growing number of diverse SuperSpeed USB products." Currently all USB 3.0 ports on computers have to have a special chip on the motherboard (or an add-in card), which is an added expense for computer manufacturers as well as not-as-good-as-it-could-be performance. Integrating this into the chipset is no doubt a great move from Intel for the entire PC community.