899961085usb 3 0 superspeed1 AMD and Fresco Logic gains USB 3.0 certification

It's been a slow progress, but we're finally starting to get some alternatives to Renesas USB 3.0 chips and today the USB-IF also announced the first USB 3.0 certified chipsets courtesy of AMD. Fresco Logic also got its FL1009 USB 3.0 host controller certified today which is a viable alternative to Renesas two port solution and it will allegedly bring better performance at lower cost, all of which sounds like good news to us.

It's been a slow progress, but we're finally starting to get some alternatives to Renesas USB 3.0 chips and today the USB-IF also announced the first USB 3.0 certified chipsets courtesy of AMD. Fresco Logic also got its FL1009 USB 3.0 host controller certified today which is a viable alternative to Renesas two port solution and it will allegedly bring better performance at lower cost, all of which sounds like good news to us.

The USB-IF has certified the USB 3.0 host controller built into AMD's upcoming A75 (desktop) and A70M (mobile) Fusion Controller Hubs (FCH) and the long of the short is that AMD now has not only the first, but also the second USB 3.0 certified chipsets, although neither has been officially announced by AMD as yet. The press release doesn't really give away much in terms of details, but we already know that AMD's high-end FCH's will support four USB 3.0 ports.

As for Fresco Logic, well, the company is now going to have to find some key partners to work with, especially in the motherboard and notebook industry. The company has already had some success in the notebook market space with its older FL1000 single port PCI Express 1.0 USB 3.0 implementation, although its new FL1009 PCI Express 2.0 dual port host controller should prove a lot more appealing. This is also the first xHCI 1.0 USB 3.0 host controller to pass USB-IF certification and if demo's we've seen in the past are anything to go by, we should see a decent performance increase over what's currently on offer.

In related news, Fresco Logic has also demoed its USB 3.0 webcam controller at IDF Beijing which supports real-time streaming of uncompressed 1080p video at 30fps. It's not clear as to which products we'll see this in, or when it will actually launch, but hopefully we should be able to get some hands on time with it at a later stage to see what benefits it offers over a USB 2.0 1080 capable webcam.

Source: USB-IF (PDF link), Fresco Logic