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Renesas' USB 3.0 global shipment ramps up to 30M units

Posted: 25 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Renesas Electronics Corp., provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced that the cumulative total shipment of the company's SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) host controllers has reached 30 million units worldwide as of May 19, 2011. This achievement come only a year and a half after starting mass production of the world's first USB host controller (?PD720100) in September 2009.

"The fact that our USB 3.0 host controllers surpassed the 30 million cumulative shipment mark in just one-and-a-half years serves as a clear demonstration that Renesas Electronics is the leader in the USB 3.0 market," said Yukihiko Matsuda, associate general manager of the industry and network business division of Renesas Electronics.

Matsuda also added that to address the increasing adoption and orders from both new and existing customers in a timely manner, Renesas decided to ramp up the production. The company plans to double production of USB 3.0 host controllers to a monthly production of six million units starting this June.

In the meantime, Matsuda said that their product lineups will continue to evolve, expanding their possibilities by adding new features to further respond to customer requirements.

As a member of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) since 1996, Renesas Electronics (formerly NEC Electronics) has played a role both in defining USB standards and in developing USB technology. In April 2000, the company launched the?PD720100 devicethe world's first USB 2.0-compliant host controller chipand an extensive lineup of other USB devices.

In May 2009, Renesas Electronics introduced the industry's first USB 3.0 xHCI host controller and, only after four months of 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?PD720200 host controller. In the following year, the company released its second USB 3.0 xHCI host controller (?PD720200A) and passed the compliance and certification testing in only two months. These host controllers have become the de facto USB 3.0 host controller standard realizing the best interoperability between PCs and PC peripherals that support USB 3.0.

Following these devices, two new host controllers joined the Renesas USB 3.0 product lineup in March this year to deliver even faster transfer speeds, better power efficiency, and more compact size than the company's previous versions of USB 3.0 host controllers.

According to Renesas, they provide complete USB 3.0 solutions, which include device drivers for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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