It has taken USB 3.0 a serious amount of time to really gain steam in
the industry, but late really is better than never in this case. More
and more machines are shipping with USB 3.0 support, and rumors are
flying that next-gen Intel chipsets will support the protocol natively.
Texas Instruments has today announced that it is the first semiconductor
company to receive
certification from the USB Implementer's Forum (USB-IF) for its
SuperSpeed USB (USB
3.0) four-port extensible host controller (xHCI).
That may not sound like anything important to you, but if you're hoping
for more USB 3.0-enabled machines to ship, it is.
In addition to the four-port host controller, the TUSB7340, TI also
achieved certification for its two-port host controller, the TUSB7320.
These four- and two-port host controllers support such applications as
notebooks, desktop computers, workstations, servers, add-in cards and
ExpressCard implementations, as well as PCIe-based embedded host
controllers for HDTVs, set top boxes and gaming console applications. In
other words, the certification of this product will almost definitely
lead to more USB 3.0 implementations in the market, though there's no
clear indication of when that would happen.
Granted, we feel fairly confident that TI wouldn't be gloating about
this if they weren't prepared to ship in short order, so hopefully we'll
see just that in the near, near future.