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NEC Introduces First SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller

May 20, 2009
The first USB 3.0 host controller is expected to spur the availability of USB 3.0 products.The first USB 3.0 host controller is expected to spur the availability of USB 3.0 products.

NEC Electronics has taken the first step towards general availability of devices based on USB 3.0, the next generation standard that is expected to offer a ten-fold speed increase over the current USB 2.0.

The company introduced the first USB 3.0 host controller chip for PCs and other digital devices in a move that will help bring the technology closer to market.

NEC’s µPD720200 chip can support USB data transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) and will be fully backward compatible with earlier versions of the USB standard, says the company.

The launch of the chip comes nearly six months after the USB Implementers Forum finalized the specifications for the USB 3.0 standard. The new standard also allows for greater power output, which means more devices can be charged faster via USB.

Since its introduction in 1996, USB has changed the way we interact with our digital devices, allowing them to be truly plug-and-play. In 2007, more than 2.6 billion USB-enabled devices were shipped in 2007, estimates research firm In-Stat, with nearly four billion expected to ship by 2012.

NEC says it expects the market for USB 3.0 products to expand significantly in 2010. Samples of its µPD720200 host controller will be available starting June priced at $15 each. NEC expects monthly production of the chips to reach approximately one million units in September.

See also:
USB 3.0 to Deliver Tenfold Speed Increase

Photo: NEC Electronics

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