While SuperSpeed USB, also known as USB 3.0, does provide some incredibly fast data transfer rates, its adoption rate is not exactly as fast as everyone had hoped, but things are likely to change for the better on the future, especially since the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced the certification of USB 3.0 host controller FL1000 from Fresco Logic, thus providing the manufacturers of such solutions with an interesting alternative to Renesas Electronics' µPD720200.
According to USB-IF, Fresco Logic’s USB 3.0 host controller has been tested for compliance to the USB 3.0 specification and its certification pretty much states the fact that it will interoperate with the numerous USB-enabled devices in the market today.
“Certification of additional products supports second source alternatives and a competitive ecosystem; the second certified USB 3.0 host controller builds upon the industry momentum for SuperSpeed USB, providing OEMs a crucial building block as they work to bring their SuperSpeed USB products to consumers worldwide,” said Jeff Ravencraft, president, USB-IF.
“We are pleased with Fresco Logic’s contribution to the SuperSpeed USB ecosystem with its certified host controller."
"Certification ensures the best experience for consumers, and we encourage all companies developing SuperSpeed USB products to seek certification,” added Mr. Ravencraft.
“Fresco Logic has been an early adopter of the USB 3.0 standard, and this certification is a significant milestone for us,” said Jing-fan Zhang, president and CEO, Fresco Logic.
“Compliance to industry standards is important to successful deployment and broad market adoption of a technology, and also signals to our customers that our host controller will work reliably with other certified SuperSpeed USB products,” concluded Mr. Zhang.
Of course, all we can do right now is wait for the first products that use this USB host controller to make their way onto the market in order to be able to check out their level of functionality, but it's very likely that, as far as end-consumers are concerned, the differences in behavior will be pretty minor.