While this all seems the sort of “relationship” and “partnership” stuff we see all the time from companies, what Intel Manager Steve Peterson really is saying is that the two biggest companies are sticking the brakes on USB 3.0.
Peterson actually revealed that he expected USB 3.0 to become mainstream only with the advent of the next iteration of the Windows client, Windows 8. This is years away.
This would have been considered good news if he had said it two years ago. At the current rate of development, Peterson said that the fruits of Intel and Redmond’s labours will not see the light of day until Windows 8 in 2012.
Until then SuperSpeed USB devices will only show up on high end PCs, and will take another a year or two to reach mainstream.
It seems strange that despite the fact that there is interest in USB 3.0, none of the big technology outfits have listed it as a priority.
At the moment, the only one with any foresight is NEC which is making a killing with its xHCI USB 3.0 host controller ICs.
The dark satanic rumour mill has been claiming for some time that Windows 7 SP1 will have some form of native support. However if Peterson is right it is not being delivered with much enthusiasm or heavy technological backing.
Linux on the other hand has had USB 3.0 support for some time now and products have been appearing in the market since last year. The question is why are the big players dragging their feet on adoption?.
USB 3.0 is a hell of a lot better than 2.0, which can only handle 480Mbps. It can handle transfer rates of up to 5Gbps. It is not as if the technology will break legacy systems either. It is fully compatible with its precursor. Something, something is going on.