Intel’s Ivy Bridge Chipset Now USB 3.0 Certified

Posted by at 7:35 am on December 16, 2011

Confirming earlier reports, the USB Implementers Forum has made a formal announcement that Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge chipset has received certification for USB 3.0. The confirmation notes that the company’s i7-series chipsets will be capable of supporting up to four USB 3.0 ports.

Intel in April announced USB 3.0 support for Ivy Bridge components, however some rumors suggested the standard was competing directly with Thunderbolt. The company’s architecture group VP, Kirk Skaugen, worked to downplay potential conflicts, claiming the two standards were complementary.

Intel is already said to be providing Ivy Bridge components to manufacturers on a test basis, with the first devices to arrive on the market early in 2012.

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