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Old Mar 14, 2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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USB 3 Upgrade on MBA 2011

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Just want to know. Is it possible to upgrade usb3 on MBA 2011 13"?
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 08:02 AM   #2
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The internal USB ports cannot be upgraded or changed in any way.
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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.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 01:51 AM   #4
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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/
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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
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Hi guys,

Just want to know. Is it possible to upgrade usb3 on MBA 2011 13"?
Short answer: Not possible.
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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).

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Short answer: Not possible.
Except for the two products I listed...
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