Intel releases USB 3.0 controller interface spec
Speeding next-gen bus' oll-out?
Intel has provided chipset makers with a draft specification for a USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Interface (XHCI), making good a promise it made a couple of months ago.
According to the chip giant, the XCHI will allow chipset makers to develop hardware that can communicate with USB 3.0 system software in a standardised, consistent way.
You might have thought that was the job of the chipset makers, but Intel's taken on the task itself to ensure, it hopes, the rapid roll-out of USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB. To that end, it's making the draft spec available under a licence that requires no royalties to be paid.
The SuperSpeed USB roadmap
With the draft spec. - it's version 0.9, so as near as darnit the final release - vendors can work to improve the interoperability of their USB 3.0 hardware ahead of certification by the USB Promoters Group, which oversees compliance with the standard.
Intel announced in June that it would offer the xHCI spec early in H2. We're a little beyond that, but the release should still appease chip makers who were grumbling back in May and June that Intel wasn't willing to share its USB toys.
Intel said it plans to make available a revised xHCI specification, version 0.95, in the Q4.
Ohh Gawd, nooo please dont....
USB1 killed the CPU, then came v2, which really murders CPUs, Lets hope that Intel has stolen Firewire's ideas and sticks all the processing onchip, and not onCPU!
Anyway, whats the matter with external SATA interfaces?
anyone silly enough to buy said cable wants shot
USB 3.0 the dawn of something faster
No doubt PC-World will bring out a line of USB 3.0 compatible cables priced at £49.99 only problem being they will only be 4 inches long !!
I think they should call it USB 5.0 (theoretical) if the wind is blowing in the right direction and the moon is rising ;¬)
Lets just hope these speeds don't fall schwartz of the mark
Nope. After Superspeed coms Ridiculous speed and then finally we will have ludicrous speed.
The connectors capable of doing ludicrous speed will have a little label that saya 'we brake for nobody'