Is Intel delaying USB 3.0?

According to a report from EETimes.com, Intel has pushed plans to support USB 3.0 in its chipsets back until 2011. Without Intel's support for the standard, motherboard and gadget makers will be forced to hold off due to the expense of using third party controllers.

Also known as SuperSpeed USB and developed by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group - Hewlett Packard, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, NXP Semiconductors and Texas Instruments - USB 3.0 promises speeds of up to 4.8Gbit/s.

At the Intel Developers Forum 2009 last month, it was unofficially revealed that Intel planned to start offering support for USB 3.0 in early 2010, but then "shifted its plans out a year," according to the EETimes.com. The business technology news site goes on to say that Intel's PC technology manager confirmed the report, however a spokesperson for Intel told them that they had not heard of a delay and would not comment any further.

A representative for Intel told Gizmodo that he hadn't heard of a delay, but that it's possible as the company focuses its attention on its next-gen Nehalem chips.

So is it delayed? Neowin will keep you updated of any confirmation either way.

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