Ticket #612 (closed enhancement: fixed)

Opened 12 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

Feature request: usb 2.0 ehci support

Reported by: kc8tbe Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 1.5.0
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other


It would be nice if VirtualBox emulated a usb 2.0/ehci host controller on the guest operating system at near-native bandwidth. Usb support in VirtualBox has been a huge boon to users already, and high-speed usb support would allow the use of usb cameras, microphones, video-capture devices, and other high-bandwidth devices inside the guest.

Currently VMware Workstation >= 6.0 and Player >= 2.0 are the only x86 virtualization softwares I know of to claim to support ehci, although they seem to support it better under a Windows host than a Linux one. It seems someone was working on an ehci patch for Qemu at some point, but that it was never finished; see this thread:

Is ehci support on the roadmap for VirtualBox 1.6.0? For 1.7.0? At all? Just curious to know.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by sandervl73

It is, but usb 2.0 devices already work. Just try an MSD and you'll see the throughput is already more than possible according to the 1.x specs.

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by kc8tbe

True, but the thoroughput still isn't anywhere near 480 Mbps. Just as importantly, drivers checking for ehci support or attempting to reserve bandwidth (as any high-speed device driver worth its salt will do) will fail because no ehci hub is present and the (reported) available bandwidth will be < 12 Mbps.

Still, its nice to know usb 2.0/ehci is on the roadmap!

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by sandervl73

  • Summary changed from usb 2.0 ehci support to Feature request: usb 2.0 ehci support

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by sandervl73

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed
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