Dispute Brewing Among Chip Makers Over USB 3.0 Specs

Nemo - June 6, 2008 09:00PM in Manufacturers

In a case of what may turn out to be an ugly fight, Nvidia and AMD are chafing over Intel's control of the upcoming USB 3.0 technical specifications and what they see as a delay on Intel's part to turn over details in time for the rival chip makers to develop host controllers that will support the new USB 3.0 standard. The new standard will deliver 10 times the speed of the current USB 2.0 connection and Nvidia and AMD, among others, claim Intel will gain an unfair advantage over its rivals if it doesn't cough up some details soon. The situation is so dire that the pair is threatening to create its own competing version of the 3.0 standard. Intel counters what AMD and Nvidia are seeking goes beyond the USB 3.0 specification and into the hardware controller itself. If this spat isn't resolved soon the end result could be two incompatible standards with users ending up on the short end of the stick.