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USB 3.0 Host Controller Will Come Soon

The first USB 3.0 host controller in the world will be released by the manufacturer, NEC Electronics Corp, which is planning to begin sample shipments in the beginning of June 2009 and start volume production at one million units per month in September 2009.

NEC Electronics has begun detailed negotiations with PC manufacturers throughout the world, and the company forecast that a PC equipped with USB 3.0 ports will come out by the end of 2009 at the soonest.

The company expects USB 3.0 to feature in PCs by year 2009 and spread in earnest in and after 2010. USB 3.0-compatible PCs will account for about 30% of PCs in 2011 and 80% of PCs in 2012, the company forecast.

The number of PCs that support USB 3.0 will reach approximately 140 million units in 2011 and 340 million units in 2012, the company said. Besides, the company believes that USB 3.0 host controllers will be available in chipsets as well as standalone host controllers in 2011.

Before the release, the company has prepared the ?PD720200-related exhibitions and demonstrations at the SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference which is being held in Tokyo on May 20 and 21, 2009.

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