Time for USB 3.0

Japanese company NEC Electronis unveiled world's first USB 3.0 host controller, opening up a new era in super fast peripheral hardware integration.

USB 3.0 standard allows potentially to reach device communication speed of 5GB per second, about ten times faster then it's predecessor USB 2.0. It is particularly useful for connection of storage devices like external hard drives and solid-state drives. it has a potential of outdating IEEE 1394 interface, known as Fireware.

The µPD720200 USB 3.0 controller is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1.

NEC Electronics announced the chip's availability for hardware manufacturers starting next month. It is expected USB 3.0 will become a common computer port interface by the end of the next year.

µPD720200 product specification