899961085usb 3 0 superspeed1 Intel gets Panther Point USB 3.0 certified

Look at that, the USB-IF has issued a press release about four months early, well at least if you're Intel and don't want details of your upcoming products out in the open. The press release is merely an announcement that Intel has passed the USB-IF certification for USB 3.0, although it's with regards to Intel's upcoming 7-series chipsets as well as the Xeon friendly C216 chipset which has not been announced as yet.

Look at that, the USB-IF has issued a press release about four months early, well at least if you're Intel and don't want details of your upcoming products out in the open. The press release is merely an announcement that Intel has passed the USB-IF certification for USB 3.0, although it's with regards to Intel's upcoming 7-series chipsets as well as the Xeon friendly C216 chipset which has not been announced as yet.

The actual USB-IF database lists Intel's single entry by its code name, Panther Point, but as we all know by now, this is Intel's 7-series chipsets, although the specific model for Intel's next generation of entry level Xeon processors will be known as the C216, something that as far as we're aware, have been under wraps so far. The press release detailed the C216 chipset, but didn't point out any specific 7-series chipsets which is a little bit strange, as we know that one of the models in the Intel 7-series of chipsets doesn't support USB 3.0.

This pretty much makes Intel the last company to receive USB-IF certification for a USB 3.0 host controller, although we're expecting second generation products from many of the host controller makers come next year, especially if a x2 PCI Express interface becomes reality. There are still a lot of unknowns with regards to Intel's USB 3.0 implementation as well and we're still hearing rumours about it being a two port solution with an internal hub/splitter for a total of four ports, although this is something Intel is officially refuting to be the case. We also heard rumours that Intel had some performance issues about five months ago and didn't follow the USB 3.0 specification to the letter, but again, it's not something we have seen first-hand. That said, we should find out soon enough how well Intel's USB 3.0 implementation compares to third party solutions.

Source: USB-IF (pdf link)