USB 2.0 in the starting blocks
Although Intel will not introduce support for USB 2.0 in their chipsets (ICH3) until the second quarter of 2001, Philips today announced that it was the first company to deliver USB 2.0 controller chips. The delivery of larger quantities is planned for the fourth quarter of 2000.
This controller (ISP1581) makes it possible to address computer peripherals in accordance with the USB 2.0 standard at a speed of up to 480MBit per second, which also enables faster hard drives or CD-R burners. Philips will show the full performance of the chip this week at the Intel Developer Forum. The low price of the controller at just $ 4.30 when purchasing 100,000+ pieces should also induce some motherboard companies to use this chip on their boards.