TPU spotted NEC has introduced the first USB 3.0 add-on cards, they are based on the company's new µPD720200 USB 3.0 host controller. The first motherboards with integrated USB 3.0 are expected to become available in 2010.
or the desktop segment, the reference-design PCI-Express x1 add-on card provides two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports that are backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0. NEC also released an add-on card for notebooks, in the ExpressCard-34 form-factor based on the same controller, offering the same two ports. With these reference designs, NEC plans to propagate add-on card vendors to design their own cards based on the NEC µPD720200 controller.
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Re: NEC debuts first USB 3.0 add-on cards by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 20 2009 @ 05:31:37 CEST
Too bad Asus or some of the big mobo makers can't put USB 3.0 on their boards. We have firewire and PATA ports - which are totally useless, yet this, which we can truly use, is left off the motherboards.