NEC Electronics ramps up production of USB 3.0 Host Controller µPD720200, which contributes to promotion of the USB 3.0 standard with shipment of three million host controllers. NEC Electronics announced that it plans to double the production of its USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) certified SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) host controller (part number µPD720200), the world’s first, and is expecting to reach monthly production of two million units starting April 2010.

The µPD720200 device is a host controller for PCs and other digital consumer devices and is based on the Intel xHCI specification, supporting SuperSpeed USB transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) of data, which is up to 10 times faster than previous Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) transfer speeds. NEC Electronics’ host controller is the first commercially available SuperSpeed USB product certified by the USB-IF, and mass production began in September 2009. To meet the increasing market demands for USB 3.0-compatible PCs, NEC Electronics already has shipped three million units of its µPD720200 host controller.

NEC Electronics expects industry adoption of its USB 3.0 host controller to accelerate, and therefore decided to boost its production volume sooner than planned to address the increasing demand.

In 2000, NEC Electronics introduced the world’s first USB 2.0-compliant host controller chip (part number µPD720100), with enhancements to the host controllers including hub controllers, and has been a leading semiconductor manufacturer to offer complete USB-IF certified USB 2.0 solutions. As of February 2010, NEC Electronics has shipped a total of 180 million USB-related products including the xHCI host controller in support of SuperSpeed USB. In addition to the xHCI host controller, the company has been receiving orders for USB 3.0 system-on-a-chip (SOC) design solutions that feature the company’s USB 3.0 intellectual property (IP) core.

µPD720200 Product Overview

µPD720200 is the world’s first USB host controller compliant with the USB 3.0 and xHCI (eXtensible Host Controller Interface) specifications. The system bus is compliant with the PCIe Gen2 specification. The controller provides two USB ports with LS (low-Speed) / FS (full-Speed) / HS (high-Speed) / SS (SuperSpeed) support.