AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is all set to release its new USB 3.0 integrated chipsets this year. USB 3.0 is codenamed SuperSpeed USB. It was rumored that AMD will release its USB 3.0 functionality in the Hudson D1 Laptops but the latest news from CNET suggests that AMD will incorporate USB 3.0 in its A75 and A70M Fusion chipsets.
The computers you are using today, be it a desktop, laptop or a notebook, all are powered with USB 2.0 ports! USB 2.0 has been with us from over a decade now. It has already become outdated in the industry, and with the new generation’s increasing demands USB 3.0 has come to rescue us. With improved speed and quality, here is a short featurelist what USB 3.0 has got new for us:
→ USB 3.0 offers a bidirectional throughput speed of upto 10 times faster compared to the USB 2.0. Now that is some significant increase.
→ USB 3.0 has a power increase too, giving out an awesome 900mA compared to 500mA in USB 2.0.
→ USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 i.e. it can also be used with USB 2.0 devices. Although intel is rumored to release its Thunderbolt (Interface for connecting peripheral devices to a computer) integrated chipsets in the early 2012, it is not yet confirmed and maybe further delayed which would mean a lot of waiting time. As for the good news AMD is talking with Renesas Electronics to fabricate and release their USB 3.0 enabled chipset anytime in the fourth-quarter of this year. Already two major companies, Renesas and Fresco Logic are producing USB 3.0 enabled host controllers certified by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum). If AMD does manage to ship out the new chipsets housing USB 3.0 ports, it would be a bad news for intel as that would mean more AMD sales and less intel sales!
Please comment as to how you feel about the new 3.0 in the market! Do you think intel will again manage to outrun its rival AMD or this time AMD will emerge as a winner?