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China ramps USB 3.0 interconnect production

Posted: 01 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB 3.0? connectors? cable assemblies?

Taking advantage of the trend for faster transmission in storage devices, suppliers from China are boosting their production of USB 3.0 connectors and cable assemblies.

The USB 3.0 standard, also knows as SuperSpeed USB, boasts 10 times higher data transmission rate compared to USB 2.0. This allows seamless management of HD video, music and image files. USB 3.0 devices also have an energy-saving feature that enables it to consume less power.

More products are being designed to accommodate USB 3.0 capability. In five years, 40 percent of portable media players will be equipped with the specification, while over 1.7 billion devices adopting the configuration will be shipped in 2014. USB 3.0 flash drives will account for 225 million units, representing a CAGR of 792 percent from 2009 to 2014.

In 2010, about 10 million USB 3.0 chips were rolled out, according to In-Stat. Intel and AMD will begin production of chipsets supporting the interface in 2012.

Material overhead declined in the past months, thus pushing down USB 3.0 cable quotes. Host controller spending slipped to as low as $2 from $7 to $9 in 2008. This reduced cable rates by $0.50 to $1 compared with six months ago. The variant is still three or four times more expensive than USB 2.0 types, but prices are forecast to drop further.

With demand expected to climb, Shenzhen Sijinxin Electronic Technology Co. Ltd aims to raise the output share of USB 3.0 connectors and cable assemblies to 50 percent this year. At present, the company churns out 50,000 units monthly.

Shenzhen FJY Electronic Co. Ltd, meanwhile, started offering USB 3.0 connectors in 2009, and is now supplying compliant cable assemblies as well.

Host controller providers such as Fresco Logic and Taiwan's ASMedia and Etron are striving to keep the component's cost under $2, the same level that accelerated USB 2.0's penetration of the mainstream.

Chinese enterprises are offering standard, Mini or Micro, A or B, female and male USB 3.0 cables. Most companies source the connectors from foreign-owned suppliers or overseas partners on request. More makers, however, are starting to produce inputs in-house.

Manufacturers are likewise broadening selections to boost the segment. They are incorporating USB 3.0 capability in card readers, flash drives, hubs, hard drives and PCI Express cards.

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