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Intel says open host controller specifications have cost gazillions of dollars to develop

According to Intel’s Nick Knupffer, there are a lot of myths going around concerning USB 3.0 and Intel’s involvement in the development of the specification. Knupffer wrote a blog post on Intel’s website in an attempt to dispel these myths.
Knupffer points out that Intel is not developing the USB 3.0 specification. What Intel is developing is the host controller spec which Knupffer describes as a “Dummies Guide†to building a USB 3.0 compatible piece of silicon.

Knupffer says in the blog post that Intel has invested “gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours†in developing the open host controller and despite its significant investment still plans to give the specification to competing manufacturers for free. Knupffer also says that Intel loves it when CPU performance is used to the max and the huge increase in bandwidth of USB 3.0 will mean larger file transfers and more processor usage. This in turn is expected to lead to an increased demand for faster processors.

AMD and NVIDIA leveled allegations at Intel recently that claim Intel was withholding the open host controller specifications in an attempt to give itself a market advantage. Intel and AMD claim that by withholding the specification the lead Intel will have in bringing USB 3.0 compliant products to market will be in the six to nine month range.

Intel denied the allegations of withholding the open host controller specifications at the time AMD and NVIDIA made their charges public and announced they would be designing their own open host controller. In Knupffer’s blog post, he again says that Intel isn’t holding the open host controller specifications back from competitors.

According to Knupffer, the significant investment in the open host controller specifications is specifically to get USB 3.0 into the market faster, so why would it withhold the specification. Intel still maintains that the specifications aren’t ready and that it plans to give the specifications to other manufacturers in the second half of 2008.

The final myth that Knupffer addresses in his post is that USB 3.0 technology borrows heavily from technology used in PCI Express. Intel points out that it was involved with both the PCI-SIG and the USB-IF at the design stage for both PCI Express and for USB 3.0. The insinuation form Intel is that the technology that is similar in both devices was developed on its dime.
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Well anyways, Intel still owns the right to keep USB 3.0 for themselves.
    
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Well anyways, Intel still owns the right to keep USB 3.0 for themselves.
But doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a Universal Serial Bus?
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I dunno about that. Okay so who actually owns the patent for USB. From what I've read, it seems like Intel states that they are only charged with developing the controller. But I guess because Intel has said that they are giving away the spec for free, everyone wants to take a look at it and see how it's coming along. Hell, it wouldn't surprise me if it's complete already and they are just milking 2.0 for all it's worth.
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I love the technical terms. "bazillion" and "gazillion", priceless.
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But doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a Universal Serial Bus?
That is not what the Universal stands for.

I think people jump to allegations way too quickly, perhaps Intel doesn't want a repeat of USB 1.0.
    
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That is not what the Universal stands for.

I think people jump to allegations way too quickly, perhaps Intel doesn't want a repeat of USB 1.0.
I thought the Universal stood for the ability to plug various equipment from various companies to one open port on any platform.
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I thought the Universal stood for the ability to plug various equipment from various companies to one open port on any platform.
Yes, for multiple items, but I don't think it means from multiple companies.

As in, a mouse, thumb drive, Hard drive, small humping dog, fan etc.. can get plugged in.
    
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If Intel doesnt give them to AMD and nvidia then Amd and nvidia create their own USB.
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Can you say the editor needs to reread this!!!

"AMD and NVIDIA leveled allegations at Intel recently that claim Intel was withholding the open host controller specifications in an attempt to give itself a market advantage.Intel and AMD claim that by withholding the specification the lead Intel will have in bringing USB 3.0 compliant products to market will be in the six to nine month range."

Intel and AMD ... duh, should of been AMD and Nvidia, NOT Intel


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"withholding the specification .....products to market will be in the six to nine month range."

That is the same effect Intel used to manipulate PC builders to NOT buy AMD processors by threats of with holding specifications of new Intel processors....
Sounds like Intel is still playing the same game!
    
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