Wednesday, January 6th 2010

VIA Group Announces Industry's Fastest USB 3.0 to SATA Controller

VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the VIA VL700 USB 3.0-SATA Controller, a highly integrated single chip solution that allows users to connect SATA hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), and optical disc drive (ODD) devices to their PC via new USB 3.0 specification ports.

With data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) offers ten times the throughput available to USB 2.0 based devices, meaning large amounts of information stored on a SATA device can be effortlessly transferred to a PC in a fraction of the time it would usually take.

Developed by wholly owned subsidiary company VIA Labs, the VIA VL700 supports both SATA 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps data transfer rates and also Native Command Queuing (NCQ), which allows HDDs/SSDs to internally optimize the order in which received read and write commands are executed, thereby increasing performance. Additionally, data transfer to and from SATA-based DVD and Blu-ray Disc players is supported.

"As the storage capacity of hard drives increases, the need for better data transfer technology arises," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "SuperSpeed USB offers a big leap forward in transfer speeds and the VIA VL700 gives PC users a way to apply this performance advantage to their existing SATA storage devices."

Attendees at the annual Lunch@Piero's media event, to be held during CES in Las Vegas on January 7th and 8th can view a demo of the new VIA VL700 USB 3.0-SATA Controller. More information on the Lunch@Piero's event can be found on the VIA website here.
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6 Comments on VIA Group Announces Industry's Fastest USB 3.0 to SATA Controller

#1
csendesmark
USB 3.0 with SATA 2 (3Gbit/s)
FAIL
:laugh:
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#2
Wile E
Power User
by: csendesmark
USB 3.0 with SATA 2 (3Gbit/s)
FAIL
:laugh:
How is it fail? It's faster than USB 2, yet will retain backward compatibility keeping it's universal nature. Hard drives already move more data than USB 2.0 can handle, so any upgrade is a welcome one.
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#3
Roph
Keep in mind USB speeds are highly theoretical, and you'll never get the 480mbps theoretical throughput from USB2.0 for example. I think this is pretty neat, and quite adequate :)
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#4
BazookaJoe
csendesmark <-- FAIL ... not laughing.

In other news : When can I get one of these?
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
by: csendesmark
USB 3.0 with SATA 2 (3Gbit/s)
FAIL
:laugh:
unfortunately, you failed.

USB 3.0 is rated at 5Gb/s
SATA II is rated at 3Gb/s


we all know USB wont really reach those speeds, but even at half (like USB 2.0) - 2.5Gb/s of 3Gb/s max sounds pretty damn good to me.


We wont be able to buy these as pictured, but they'll appear in many external USB3.0 enclosures in times to come
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#6
Baum
does that outperform pcie-e x1 as most laptops feature that as a slot on the side so no speed for me this time
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