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VIA Labs USB 3.0 xHCI Host Controller

VIA Labs will demonstrate their 4 port USB 3.0 xHCI Host at Computex 2010 in Taipei.  This is the world’s first demonstration of a chip with support for 4 host ports.

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<= VIA USB 3.0 xHCI 3 port Host

As I wrote earlier regarding USB 3.0 Host chips, a nice little price war should erupt with Hosts being made available from:

  1. NEC
  2. Fresco Logic
  3. ASMedia
  4. VIAI expect all 4 providers to be at Computex 2010 (June 1-5)showing their SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hosts interoperating with dozens of USB 3.0 products.

More Hosts means more price competition, means better prices for consumers, means faster deployment of USB 3.0 across the board.

By the way, you can see our USB 3.0 IP, that is our USB 3.0 xHCI Host demonstration on Linux here.   When you get there you will need to scroll down a little.

Computex 2010 USB 3.0 Products

Lots more USB 3.0 products will likely be announced but I like the look of these early announcements.

Team Group will demonstrate its mobile USB 3.0 Hard Drive or TP1023.

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The two USB 3.0 drives (TP1021,TP1022) will also be demonstrated at Computex.

The red pqi USB 3.0 SSD (Solid State Drive) which I’m sure you know acts like a giant flash drive, but faster than a typical flash drive and with a lot more memory.

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