899961085usb 3 0 superspeed1.jpg ASMedias USB 3.0 host controller gains USB IF certification

It seems like hell froze over and pigs flew today, at least at the USB-IF as ASMedia has as the first Taiwanese USB 3.0 host controller manufacturer gained certification. So what's all the fuss about? Well, for one, ASMedia is the first Taiwanese USB 3.0 host controller maker to pass the certification process, which is a pretty big deal, but it's slightly more important than that.

It seems like hell froze over and pigs flew today, at least at the USB-IF as ASMedia has as the first Taiwanese USB 3.0 host controller manufacturer gained certification. So what's all the fuss about? Well, for one, ASMedia is the first Taiwanese USB 3.0 host controller maker to pass the certification process, which is a pretty big deal, but it's slightly more important than that.

ASMedia is a daughter company to Asus, but several motherboard makers have already started to use ASMedia's USB 3.0 host controller – known as the ASM1042 – on their motherboards. Not being certified by the USB-IF means that there might be some compatibility issues, but it also means that you can't use the Super Speed USB 3.0 logo on your products.

Oddly enough, all three of the Taiwanese USB 3.0 host controller makers – ASMedia, Etron and VLI – have all got WHQL certified drivers, yet, until now, none of them had passed the USB-IF certification. Ok, so getting Microsoft's WHQL certification isn't quite the same, but it still suggests that the hardware is working as intended.

We'll have to wait and see now as to when Etron and VLI gains their certification and it's worth keeping in mind that it's just ASMedia's two port ASM1042 host controller that has gained certification, not its single port ASM1041 host controller which is found in some notebooks and on some cheaper motherboards.