Intel Z77 to power Ivy Bridge PCs
The first ingredient to Intel's Ivy Bridge launch manifested on Monday through its Z77 desktop mainboard chipset. Better known as Panther Point, it can use existing Core chips made using Sandy Bridge but is designed to take advantage of the imminent new chips. The design is Intel's first with native USB 3.0 support and can take as many as four of the faster, 5Gbps standard without needing an outside chip.
Apple could embrace USB 3 sooner than expected
Apple might not only be still open to USB 3.0 but willing to add it before Intel does on its own, sources divulged Thursday. The company has reportedly been investigating third party USB 3.0 host controller chips now that the prices of these are negligible, at below $3. Its timing wasn't certain to VR-Zone informants but would preempt Intel's Panther Point chipset, which will officially add USB 3.0 sometime in the spring.
Intel says USB 3 due for Ivy Bridge
Intel during the Developer Forum in Beijing confirmed late Wednesday that its 2012 processor architecture would have native USB 3.0 support. Backing leaked slides, architecture group VP Kirk Skaugen explained that Ivy Bridge, a 22 nanometer version of the Sandy Bridge design used in today's Core processors, should support the interface. He saw the 5Gbps interface as "complimentary" to Thunderbolt in an online event CNET caught.
Intel Panther Point may finally add native USB 3
A leaked presentation (below) may have confirmed that Intel's Panther Point chipset will finally add native USB 3.0 support. The presentation refers to the platform supporting as many as four of the ports at full speed with ten more supplying USB 2.0. A dedicated controller, the XHCI, would handle just the 3.0 jacks and would give each of them the full 5Gbps of bandwidth, preventing one from slowing down the other.