MCCI showcases 270MB/s USB 3.0 system

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Intel Developer Forum - MCCI and Symwave are showcasing the world's "highest performing" USB 3.0 system at IDF 2009. The next-generation platform - powered by MCCI's optimized host software and Symwave's SuperSpeed SATA controller - is capable of achieving a blazingly fast transfer rate of 270MB per second.

"This demonstration succesfully illustrates the maturity of SuperSpeed technology. With over 600 million devices deployed with MCCI USB software, [we] understand what can be achieved by combining best in class SoCs and software," MCCI CEO Terry Moore told TG Daily. "Even with the exceptional performance shown, this demonstration showcases the result of our initial collaboration and not the end product."

Moore explained that SuperSpeed USB will offer device and software developers a "huge market opportunity" based on differentiating features and performance.

"The initial deployment of USB 3.0 will undoubtedly offer superior performance, with average transfer rates of 70 megabytes per second. For example, a 450 megabyte (90 minute) movie will take approximately 8 seconds to transfer. In addition, it will be possible to stream 1080p overs USB 3 without an HDMI port," said Moore.

"However, the biggest boost in speed will be found in desktops - due to their high performance slots. You will still see a significant increase in speed, but netbooks and notebooks will not initially provide the same top tier performance as desktops."

Moore also commented on the long delay betweeen the introduction of USB 2.0 and the development of SuperSpeed.

"The gap between generations can be attributed to two primary factors. Firstly, the same technological advances that applied to CPUs and GPUs were noticeably absent from USB development. Secondly, the industry spent a lot of time focusing on a wireless USB standard, instead of pushing USB 3.0 forward," added Moore.

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