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Vairamuthu
Mar 14, 2013, 06:54 AM
Hi guys,

Just want to know. Is it possible to upgrade usb3 on MBA 2011 13"?



robbieduncan
Mar 14, 2013, 07:02 AM
The internal USB ports cannot be upgraded or changed in any way.

stchman
Mar 14, 2013, 05:42 PM
Hi guys,

Just want to know. Is it possible to upgrade usb3 on MBA 2011 13"?

No, the USB controller is part of the MBA's motherboard.

Mac_Max
Mar 15, 2013, 12:51 AM
No, the USB controller is part of the MBA's motherboard.

More precisely it's part of the Platform Controller Hub so even if you had a lot of fancy equipment you couldn't do a chip swap.

You could however purchase either the Belkin or Matrox Thunderbolt docks as they provide USB 3:

http://www.belkin.com/us/thunderbolt

http://www.matrox.com/docking_station/en/ds1/

johnnyturbouk
Mar 19, 2013, 12:53 AM
More precisely it's part of the Platform Controller Hub so even if you had a lot of fancy equipment you couldn't do a chip swap.

You could however purchase either the Belkin or Matrox Thunderbolt docks as they provide USB 3:

http://www.belkin.com/us/thunderbolt

http://www.matrox.com/docking_station/en/ds1/

For what you get, both totally over-priced IMHO

hackerwayne
Mar 22, 2013, 12:30 PM
Hi guys,

Just want to know. Is it possible to upgrade usb3 on MBA 2011 13"?

Short answer: Not possible.

Mac_Max
Mar 23, 2013, 11:27 AM
For what you get, both totally over-priced IMHO

True, I really wish those had been a bit cheaper. I would like a TB dock that included an active DisplayPort hub so I could power both of my external DVI monitors from the internal graphics chip (I'm using a DisplayLink USB 2.0 adapter).

Short answer: Not possible.

Except for the two products I listed...