Thursday, September 16th 2010
VIA's subsidiary that deals with cutting-edge technology devices (while its parent company works on proven/stable technologies) VLI, is out with a new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 flash drive controller, the VLI VL750, that lets manufacturers design flash drives with transfer speeds of over 100 MB/s at cost-effective price points. The controller connects USB 3.0 to a 30 nm class or 20 nm class NAND flash chip. In USB 2.0 mode, the controller still supports transfer rates of up to 35 MB/s. Other notable features of this controller include support for USB-attached SCSI Protocol (UASP), Bulk-only Transport (BOT), wear-leveling that minimizes reduction in stability over time, and ECC to minimize data errors caused by hardware faults. The new chip is currently sampling, with the company designing a reference-design flash drive driven by it. Flash drives based on this shouldn't be too far away.