Intel Ivy Bridge Getting USB 3.0, Thunderbolt

Intel may seem to be a bit behind the game when it comes to integrating USB 3.0 into it chipsets, but that will finally be a solved problem next year with Ivy Bridge.

Kirk Skaugen, a vice president at the Intel Architecture Group, told attendees of a developer conference in Beijing that the Ivy Bridge platform will have both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak).

"Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform. We're going to support Thunderbolt capability. We believe they're complementary," he said, according to Cnet.

For a while, some thought that Intel was favoring its Thunderbolt over USB 3.0. Given that much of the industry isn't ready to drop that familiar USB connector just yet, Intel will be supporting both in its next platform.

"We encourage all of you working on peripherals around the PC to engage on both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt," Skaugen said.

AMD will actually beat Intel to the punch in offering built-in USB 3.0 support. AMD yesterday said that it will be including Superspeed support in its Fusion A75 and A70M chipsets.

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  • LePhuronn
    So now that Light Peak has been nerfed because Intel couldn't get it finished in time, USB3 is suddenly complimentary?
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  • Silmarunya
    LePhuronnSo now that Light Peak has been nerfed because Intel couldn't get it finished in time, USB3 is suddenly complimentary?


    Intel always knew that Thunderbolt wasn't going to outcompete USB right away, even if they had released the full blown optical version rather than the (still pretty awesome) copper wire version.

    Remember FireWire? Far better than USB in just about every way, but pricier and thus doomed. USB is compact, pretty much universal, reliable and dirt cheap. Thunderbolt/Light Peak is great for high bandwith devices, but it won't phase out USB anytime soon for mice, keyboards, low end portable hard drives and so on.
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  • LePhuronn
    Firewire found its niche with video editing and only really is now on its way out because of solid state recording. Hopefully Thunderbolt will be used properly for devices that will benefit from it.

    Then let's go optical for everything!
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