Digitimes Research predicts shipments of USB 3.0 host and device controller chips will see a compound annual growth rate of 120 percent from 2010 to 2015:
USB 3.0 can read data 10 times the speed of its 2.0 predecessor, allowing for a maximum data transfer rate of up to 4.8Gbps while improving power efficiency. The key strength addresses the need for future consumer products, said Nobunaga Chai, analyst for semiconductor at Digitimes Research.
As USB 3.0 controller prices go down at a gradual pace to near 2.0 chip prices, the next-generation interconnect technology will see its growing adoption among PCs, consumer electronics and mobile devices over the next several years, Chai indicated. The market for USB 3.0 device controllers is also expected to enter its fast growth stage.