Intel Dispels LightPeak Conspiracy with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Certification for Series 7 Chipset

Paul Lilly

You can argue the Earth is flat or that man never really landed on the moon, but if you really want to avoid looking foolish, then don't tell anyone Intel is deliberately stalling USB 3.0 long enough for LightPeak to drive a stake in the competing transfer interface. Actually, Intel has long held that the two aren't really competitors at all, and putting its money where its mouth is, Intel went out and received SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification for its upcoming 7 Series and C216 chipset families.

"This is a tremendous milestone for the industry," said Jeff Ravencraft , USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) President & COO. "With USB-IF certification of Intel's integrated USB host silicon, host manufacturers will be able to bring SuperSpeed USB to the masses. Intel's commitment to SuperSpeed USB will continue to provide peripheral device manufacturers a compelling incentive to develop a growing number of diverse SuperSpeed USB products."

Intel's push to certify its upcoming chipsets with USB 3.0 will primarily benefit stingy OEMs too cheap to spring for a third-party SuperSpeed controller chip from NEC, Marvell, and others who have been supplying parts for entry-level, mid-range, and enthusiast grade boards in the absence of native USB 3.0 support from both Intel and AMD. The certification covers both consumer and workstation/server versions of Intel's Panther Point chipset for 2012 Ivy Bridge processors.

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