Renesas Shows Next-Generation USB 3.0 Host Controllers

USB 3.0 is slowly but surely finding its way into the mainstream. Today, major Japanese chip maker Renesas announced [press release in English] two “next-generation” USB 3.0 host controllers, the µPD720201 and µPD720202. Designed for use in PCs and TVs, the controllers boast “industry-leading” data transfer speeds and low power consumption.

According to Renesas, the effective data write speed is 40% higher than in existing USB 3.0 controllers, while power consumption was cut 90% to 4.5mW (in low-power mode).

The company says that samples for both the µPD720201 (four downstream ports, $20 per unit) and the µPD720202 (two downstream ports, $10) are already available.

Mass production (2 million units per month) is scheduled to begin in September.