VIA Labs Announces New VIA Labs VL701 Low-Powered USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller.

VIA Labs VL701 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller sets a new low-power standard with an industry-first integrated 5V switching regulator which earns USB-IF Bus Powered Certification.

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Taipei, Taiwan, 10 May 2011 – VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, announced the certification of its VL701 Low-Power USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) while adhering to strict power-consumption criteria for bus-powered 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. 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.


Featuring an industry-first fully-integrated 5V switching regulator, the VIA Labs VL701 Low-Power USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge is a single-chip solution that achieves the highest power efficiency while offering users transfer rates up to 10 times that of USB 2.0.

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.”

VIA Labs VL701 USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller:
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.

The VL701 Low-Power USB 3.0-SATA Controller is now shipping; for pricing and availability, please contact your local VIA Labs sales representative.