Intel’s Next-Gen Chipsets Will Support USB 3.0

According to German site, Heise, they found a presentation that outlines info about the Panther Point chipset series including USB 3.0 integration. These slides were intended for motherboard manufacturers as they discussed the benefits of USB 3.0 (5 Gbp/s speed of course) compared with current USB 2.0 (only Mbp/s). From what Intel has to say, the Ivy Bridge and Panther Point boards will come with four USB 3.0 ports and it will support Windows 7/8 – while XP systems will run the new ports as only USB 2.0 interfaces through a native Windows EHCI driver.

At this point, there’s still no indication of when Intel’s USB 3.0 integration will be generally available, but there’s speculation that the “Panther Point” chipsets are to be showcased at CES 2012.

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