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Wednesday, 07 July 2010 09:34

Huron River 2011 notebooks don’t have USB 3.0

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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At least not from its chipset

Intel's plan is to leave you guys waiting for USB 3.0 chipsets and notebooks, at least in good part of 2011. Intel's 6 series of chipsets for no support for USB 3.0 as simply none of these chipsets have support for the fastest USB standard to date.

Most of xH6x chipsets have support for 12 to 14 USB 2.0 ports but not a single one has support for USB 3.0. There might be some vendors of Huron River notebooks who will be brave enough to implement third party USB 3.0 chips and get the USB3.0 support to notebooks.

The only good new for 6 series of chipsets is that all of them support SATA 6 Gb/s or SATA 3.0, and you will at least get faster hard drive protocol that might get your system to run a bit faster.

In this particular case, Intel is slowing down the adoption of much faster standard, simply as its much cheaper to develop a chipset with USB 2.0 and repackage it and sell it all over again.

It doesn’t look like that Intel will officially support USB 3.0 in its chipsets before it introduces its 2012 platforms.

Last modified on Wednesday, 07 July 2010 10:03
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+4 #1 anno 2010-07-07 13:32
I don't really think it's because Intel's being cheap - they have a sizable list of flaws, but being cheap isn't one of them as far as I know. More likely they're attempting to kill off USB3 as much as they can to promote their shiny new Light Peak standard, but as long as that can't power devices like USB can I don't really see it taking off.
 
 
-1 #2 AndromedaB 2010-07-08 00:53
they can always release a new version of lightpeak with a power lane, wouldn't be too hard to make one thats backwards compatible
 
 
0 #3 anno 2010-07-11 13:21
Well, as far as I know the issue is that LightPeak uses fiber optics. Supplying power would also require some copper lines, I'm not sure whether that's easy or more importantly, cheap enough. But to not include USB3 is just lame, it doesn't speak of much confidence in their LightPeak technology. If it's really that good it would be successful anyway, in spite of USB 3's presence.
 

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