To USB or Not to USB


USB 3.0 PC and Motherboard at IDF

I’ve just read some great news from the USB-IF.

ASUS will demonstrate the X58 motherboard with an on-board USB 3.0 Host controller from NEC Electronics.

Fujitsu will demonstrate their Notebook PC with a built-in USB 3.0 Host controller (again from NEC) connected to a Buffalo SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Solid-State Drive.

You can read the press release on the ASUS and Fujitsu/Buffalo demos here.

I can not express how super cool this is, and how excited I am that these items will be demo’ed next week (Sept 22-24, 2009) at IDF in San Francisco.

I really, really, really hope these go into mass production soon.  I hope to find out when I see them.

If you will recall, NEC announced mass production at 1 Million units per month starting in September 2009, so it stands to reason that the ASUS motherboard and the Fujitsu PC might be at least 2 of the products that would actually use the chips.

Since it looks like the USB-IF is ready to start testing and certifying items that earn the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 logo, there is a chance we will see real products in a few months.

My fingers are crossed…

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