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May 20 2009

First SuperSpeed USB Host Controller Unveiled

NEC Electronics introduced the first SuperSpeed USB host controller at the SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference in Tokyo this week. The host controller, designed for PCs and digital devices, is the first product built according to the new version of the SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) standard. Under the new spec, SuperSpeed USB is capable of reaching speeds 10 times faster than Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0). With its high data rate transfer speeds, the host control extends the boundaries for PCs, digital TVs and DVD recorders.

The benefits of SuperSpeed USB are many:

  • Backward compatible with previous generations of USB
  • High transfer speeds offer compatibility with today’s high-performance computer interfaces including PCI Express® and Serial ATA (SATA).
  • New energy efficient features

Samples of the first host controller from NEC (part number µPD720200) are anticipated to be available in June of this year. Additional information can be found at http://www.necel.com/usb/en/index.html.

No timeline for when a USB 3.0 test specification will be available has been given but hopefully we will see movement on that front soon since products look to be on the horizon.  Our Allion techs have been following USB’s evolution since the beginning and are looking forward to certifying SuperSpeed USB products when its time.