Tuesday, May 10, 2011

VIA Labs links USB3.0 to SATA

V bridge controller provides more flexibility for embedded designs
By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Embedded chip developer VIA Labs has had its VL701 Low-Power USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) as adhering to strict power-consumption criteria for bus-powered devices. VIA Labs is currently the first and only company to achieve USB-IF Bus-Powered certification using a traditional hard disk drive, which draws more power than flash-based devices.
The comprehensive suite of tests conducted as part of the USB-IF Compliance and Certification Program ensures that certified products are interoperable with existing USB devices while also offering all the speed and power enhancements of the USB 3.0 specification.
With the industry's first fully-integrated 5V switching regulator, the VL701 is a highly integrated single chip solution that allows users to connect any SATA hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), or optical disc drive (ODD) to their PC via USB 3.0. With data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, data stored on SATA devices can be effortlessly transferred to a PC in a fraction of the time it would usually take compared to USB 2.0 or Firewire.
Cal-Comp Electronics and Communications, a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) that contracts with many name-brand customers worldwide, adopted and integrated the USB-IF Certified VL701 it into its upcoming USB 3.0 external storage products.
“The VL701 is an advanced, highly-integrated USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge that lets users experience the benefits of USB 3.0 using hard drives, optical drives, and even SSDs,” said David Hsu, Associate Vice President, VIA Labs, Inc. “The low power aspect is compelling for both end-users and manufacturers by enabling lower operating temperatures and longer battery life without sacrificing performance.”
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