To USB or Not to USB

 

First USB 3.0 Motherboard?

The Internet is alive with the first pictures of what looks like an ASUS motherboard with USB 3.0 Ports.

You can see a picture here:

http://gizmodo.com/5318979/asus-first-to-feature-usb-30-with-p6x58-motherboard

The other interesting thing to note is that Linux now has USB 3.0 xHCI Host drivers available publically.   You can read that article here:

http://gizmodo.com/5286999/the-first-usb-30-driver-for-linux-or-any-os-is-here

The drivers were written by Geekess, or Sarah Sharp.  You can find the Linux Drivers here

http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/sarah/xhci.git;a=summary

This means that Linux is the first OS to support USB 3.0.  I saw a demonstration of the drivers at the USB 3.0 Developers Conference on a laptop running Ubuntu/Linux.  I can tell you that using the USB 3.0 Host port and using the USB 2.0 Host ports simultaneously, the USB 3.0 drivers were much, much, much faster.

I think it is also fair to say that these drivers are a big step forward in terms of availability because anyone can use them.  I think it is also fair to say that these drivers are probably not mass production worthy, so those of you developing real products will need to do some serious quality testing and further development to make they worthy for use by the average consumer.

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