Renesas Electronics today announced the availability of its
new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) host
controller (part number μPD720200A), featuring 85 percent
reduced power consumption compared to the company's existing
Supporting fast data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per
second (Gbps), the ?PD720200A device achieves low power
consumption of 50 milliwatts (mW) with no peripheral
connection to the ports, reduced by 85 percent from the
company's existing USB 3.0 host controller. The new host
controller also has the same footprint as the previous host
controller, which makes it possible for system designers to
accommodate their designs on the same board used for the
previous device, the μPD720200. These advancements enable
system designers to develop notebook PCs that boast longer
battery life, yet maintain high data transfer rates.
As a member of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) since
1996, Renesas Electronics (formerly NEC Electronics) has
played a leading role both in defining the USB standards and
in developing USB technology.
In May 2009, Renesas Electronics introduced the industry's
first USB 3.0 host controller and, only 4 months after its
release, the company became the world's first to earn the
"Certified SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)" certification from the
USB-IF, and also started mass production of the μPD720200
host controller. The company has shipped an accumulated
total of 3,000,000 units in just six months.
Samples of Renesas Electronics' new μPD720200A host
controller are currently available and are priced at US$10
per unit, including the Windows device driver software. Mass
production is expected to reach approximately 2,000,000
units per month in October 2010 and is expected to be priced
at US$3 per unit.