Intel finally delivers USB 3.0 in new chipset family

Intel this week announced that it is shipping the new 7-series chipset family, which is companion silicon designed to support both the current-generation Sandy Bridge and the upcoming Ivy Bridge microprocessors. More importantly, the new chipset family incorporates support for USB 3.0, the next iteration of the ubiquitous technology.

Despite being 10 times faster than the decade-old USB 2.0 standard that it was designed to replace, USB 3.0 has been slow to catch on. A large part of this could be attributed to the lack of integrated support on PC devices, a problem which the new 7-series chipset family will eliminate. Still, it has been noted that the chipset will only support two USB 3.0 ports, which may mean that desktop manufacturers may have to add in additional controllers to provide more USB 3.0 ports.

As noted in the official release, the Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) 7-series chipsets also come with support for Intel Smart Response, Intel Smart Connect and Intel Rapid Start in desktop and mobile platforms. These technologies will help laptops behave more like tablets and smartphones by being able to exit standby instantly and stay connected. Finally, the new chipset family has flexibility in multi-GPU setups.

Current indications point to the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors arriving at the end of this month. For now, AnandTech has the full lowdown on a bunch of new motherboards incorporating the Intel 7-series chipsets.

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- check out this article at CNET News

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