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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

USB 3.0 coming to Intel-based notebooks… in 2012?


Over the past year, we’ve seen USB 3.0 go from a specification to a real world product, with numerous manufacturers releasing everything from USB 3.0 cards to USB 3.0 compliant external hard drives. Still, uptake has been slow on the new standard, with most notebook manufacturers still refusing to ship machines with even a single USB 3 slot.

What’s the hold up? Intel. The chipmaking giant still doesn’t officially support the standard, a fact which no lesser personage than Steve Jobs himself pointed to recently to explain why Macs don’t yet come with USB 3.

Hope’s on the horizon, though. Intel has just given notebook manufacturers the first details of their next notebook platform after Huron River. Called Chief River, the architecture supports the 22 nanometer processors coming out of Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture… but better yet, features native USB 3.0 support.

Intel delivering a compliant notebook platform will go a long way towards pushing USB 3.0 into the mainstream. It’s certainly enough to get it into Macs, given that even most desktop Macs are built on top of Intel’s notebook platforms. The only problem is that Chief River’s a long ways away: Digitimes says the design will only enter mass production in September of 2011, which means the earliest we’ll see USB 3 come to MacBooks — and most other notebooks — is January 2012. Sigh.

37 comments:

Kikimora said...

This will be great! ^^

Swift Love said...

this is going to be awesome, but I hate waiting

Earl Hickey said...

wow progress

Unlogic said...

wow, can't wait to get one of those :D :D

DJ Name Brands said...

Cant wait to see how the speeds outperform usb2.0 on the new standard. The smaller of the plugs almost looks like an HDMI cable.

njohnfixes said...

What does this mean for my usb sticks!

frankie, my cat. said...

I'd like to see USB 3 as a standard. Firewire was such crap.

Fuuuuuuuu said...

this should be really fast

Thomasheen said...

Never heard of USB 3 till now

iRetiv said...

i can't wait to try readyboost with the new usb~!

About Insurance said...

awesome stuff

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

Darn, I should have waited till 2012 to buy my notebook.

amidoinitrite? said...

haha, yeah it's coming out on the Mac first

Home Alone Stoned said...

orly?

NePsuj said...

cant w8. this will be so much faster :D

Mr. Bloggity said...

Woot Faster Interface!!! Cant Wait!

HondaX said...

interesting post....good work

Matte said...

CMON! 2012????... pfff

Dan said...

I want USB 3.0. But I don't have a mobo that supports it. Also, they should just make a new standard of something that is just optical. I want data transfer at the speed of light!

kokojesta said...

bout time!

Pro said...

hell yeah can't wait!

Chris Stuart said...

brool story co.

Tila said...

Wow, Can't wait. Looks really small.

CrispyPeanutButter said...

*waits patiently*

Frank said...

Wow, that would actually be really good !! Can't wait for this to happen...

me said...

I'm assuming 3.0 is just a faster 2.0. I don't see the rush for this when hardly anything supports it THAT I KNOW OF. But that's why I read blogs like this. haha

aZZo said...

i can take it or leave it

Longkid said...

I would be interested.

pixel said...

how do the speed compare to firewire 800?

Astra said...

looking forward to this :)

T.dot said...

very informative, good job

Gansita said...

YAY! this is gonna be much better! good info, thanks!

SY said...

great piece... i am not tech savvy in the least..

woodrow said...

ah, technology. I had no idea this was happening, thanks.

Pixie said...

Good news, as my external HDD is USB 3.0, then again I'm not going to buy a laptop, but just incase.Do you know if apple notebooks have usb 3.0?

ConnorJS said...

Let's hope to god this works! :L

DDRMidgetID said...

just built my new computer has 3.0 standard :D

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