Gigabyte Driver Update Brings iPad Charging To Existing Motherboards

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Now isn't this something! Gigabyte has shown an ability to adapt andinnovate quickly, and this product is no different. Now, it has reachedout to address a nagging issue that is plaguing many iPad owners thatprimarily use PCs. If you haven't heard, Apple's new iPad requires a10W USB charging output; most PCs don't output that much power overUSB, and only select Macs do. This means that users are having to carryaround the iPad AC adapter everywhere they go, making the tablet alittle bit less portable in reality.

Gigabyte has seen fit to address the issue, announcing today that theirfull range of Intel chipset-based X58, P55, H55, H57 motherboards aswell as current and upcoming AMD 800 chipset series motherboards allallow charging of Apple's iPad, both when it's powered on and off. Thecompany's unique USB design allows it to deliver more than the 500mAdelivered from typical USB ports, and a simple On/Off Charge driverupdate can bring the functionality to existing boards.

So if you purchased one of these boards lately, and you've got an iPad,well, you're in luck! Look below for the drive download link.

Over 40 GIGABYTE Motherboard Models Supply Sufficient Power to Charge an iPad While It Is Being Used

TAIPEI, Taiwan – April 12, 2010 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions today proudly announced their full range of Intel chipset-based X58, P55, H55, H57 as well as current and upcoming AMD 800 chipset series motherboards all allow charging of Apple’s latest hot selling iPad while the device is in use (on) and also when not in use (off).

Recent industry and news reports indicate that USB ports on most Windows PCs are unable to provide enough power to charge the new iPad while the device is in operation due to differences between motherboard USB power output and the device’s charging specifications. However, GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is able to deliver extra power for devices that require more than the 500mA delivered from a traditional USB port. With a simple On/Off Charge driver update which can be found on the GIGABYTE website, GIGABYTE motherboard users are able to take full advantage of USB charging of their iPad, giving them more options and convenience when recharging their new device.

To download the GIGABYTE On/Off Charge driver, please visit the GIGABYTE website at:

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AHHA! Now we know that it is just an enlarged IPod Touch :P

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JoelB replied on Mon, Apr 12 2010 6:25 PM

So... how long before we hear about gadgets that get > 500 mA over USB and get fried?

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la_guy_10 replied on Mon, Apr 12 2010 7:18 PM

This is a neat feature for those not using Macs but using the I-Pad good job Gigabyte. It's the little things like this that distinguish a good company from a great company, this is what is known as thinking outside the box. See a need and fill it!!!

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Well now, I guess this will knock out any third party chargers for those who already own a Gigabyte mobo. I've been noticed that Gigabyte is really stepping it up these past couple of...however long they've been stepping it up, I can't really remember.

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RyuGTX replied on Tue, Apr 13 2010 3:28 AM

"This means that users are having to carry around the iPad AC adapter everywhere they go, making the tablet a little bit less portable in reality."

So if that is the problem, don't people still have to carry it around? I'd rather carry that little AC adapter than my desktop. This only makes real sense if Gigabyte was a major supplier of notebook motherboards to companies like Dell and HP. All people really get is just another option to charge at home and there iPad AC adapter is probably at home anyways. I guess it is nice for the select few who actually owns an iPad and has a desktop computer at work that uses a Gigabyte motherboard. But realistically, how many people is that?

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Kyouya replied on Tue, Apr 13 2010 12:15 PM

This is why third parties exist. They exist so consumers have the option to buy an alternative. It is not a surprise that Apple made only their MAC's USB ports compatible to the Ipad for charging. It was to lure consumers to purchase a MAC or a AC adapter which turned out to be a flawed and weak ploy.

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Inspector replied on Tue, Apr 13 2010 12:25 PM

Ryu, not much :P

Kyouya, if that was What they thought then they just have it all wrong. Having it like this makes me not want a ipad or a mac so they are now losing sales if so.

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software replied on Mon, May 24 2010 9:00 AM

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