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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

SuperSpeed USB3.0 needs integration, says In-Stat

Will take 30% of the market by 2014

The debut of SuperSpeed USB devices in 2009 provided the seeds of dramatic change in the USB market,
reports In-Stat but needs more integration into the core chipset to make it really take off.
SuperSpeed USB, which offers a ten-fold bandwidth improvement over high-speed USB, will grow to just under 30 percent of the USB interface technology market by 2014, according to In-Stat forecasts. The success of SuperSpeed USB will be limited initially, however.
“It will take time for SuperSpeed USB to be integrated into the core  logic PC chipset,” says Brian O’Rourke, In-Stat analyst. “USB achieved its immense success primarily due to core logic integration, which
effectively allowed PC OEMs to offer it for free.  Integration is essential before a new USB standard becomes prominent in PCs.” This could be an issue as by far the biggest supplier, Intel, has yet to support the standard in its core chipsets.
Recent research by In-Stat found:

  •   More than 3 billion USB-enabled devices shipped in 2009; over 4 billion will ship in 2012.
  •   Nearly 160 million digital TVs will ship with USB in 2014.
  •   SuperSpeed USB core logic chipsets will begin shipping in late  2011. Shipments of devices with USB SuperSpeed will rise more than four-fold from 2011 to 2012.
  •   The USB Discrete Host Controller Average Selling Price will see a -21.6% Compound Annual Growth Rate from 2009 to 2013

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