Two forthcoming core-logic sets from Advanced Micro Devices this week received SuperSpeed USB certification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). The A70 and A75 Fusion Controller Hubs (FCHs) are the first chipsets in the industry to receive such a certification and allow computer makers to cost-efficiently integrate USB 3.0 into their products.
Formerly code-named Hudson, the new A7-series core-logic sets PCI Express graphics port, up to 4 USB 3.0, up to 10 USB 2.0 and up to two USB 1.1 ports, 6 Serial ATA-600 ports with RAID support, integrated clock-generator, built-in video DAC, integrated SD card controller, up to 3 PCI slots and so on. The A7-series FCH are compatible with A-series accelerated processing units code-named Llano.
“The ramp of the SuperSpeed USB ecosystem has been unprecedented, and the first certified SuperSpeed USB chipsets from AMD are a momentous step in the industry. SuperSpeed USB integration into the chipsets is a strong incentive for manufacturers to bring an even broader range of SuperSpeed USB solutions to the market” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chief operating officer.
Certification of AMD A75 and A70M FCH chipsets provides assurance to manufacturers and consumers that the SuperSpeed USB chipsets are interoperable and comply with the USB 3.0 specification.
“The integration of SuperSpeed USB into the AMD Fusion Controller Hubs demonstrates AMD’s commitment to supporting the industry’s latest, most innovative connectivity technologies. For active USB 3.0 traffic AMD Fusion Controller Hubs are designed for competitive performance and low power consumption to support high definition video and fast connectivity with the latest SuperSpeed USB devices," said Chris Cloran, AMD corporate vice-president and general manager of client group,.
Chipset integration is essential in order to make the latest version of USB dominant in the marketplace, according to Brian O’Rourke, a principal analyst at In-Stat.