VIA Announces First USB 3.1 to SATA Single-chip Bridge with USB-IF Certification

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VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of SuperSpeed USB and Power Delivery Controllers, today announced that the VIA Labs VL716 USB 3.1 to SATA III Bridge Controller with native USB Type-C support has achieved SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps certification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). Optimized for the latest USB Type-C external storage applications such as USB Type-C optical drives, SSD’s, and HDD’s, the VL716 single-chip USB 3.1 Gen 2 to SATA III Bridge Controller offers blazing data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps and is fully backwards compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB High-Speed, and USB Full-Speed modes. With native USB Type-C support built-in, the VL716 offers advanced features such as USB-C connector orientation detection and USB Mux to enable the reversibility feature without additional components or cost.

“Integrating SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps and USB Type-C support minimizes the need for multiple components and reduces cost for developers,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “Companies like VIA Labs are growing the USB ecosystem by developing compliant solutions and submitting products for USB-IF compliance testing.”
“SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps and USB Type-C certification is an industry first that places us well ahead of the USB 3.1 pack,” said Wayne Chang, Product Manager of Sales at VIA Labs, Inc. “This quality certification combined with the market’s broadest USB 3.1 product range, spanning host, hub and device controllers, will assure our customers that we truly have the know-how to drive SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps into the mainstream.”

VIA Labs VL716 / VL715
In addition to the 10Gbps data transfer rate, the VL716 also integrates all of the expected features of a high performance, BOM-optimized, low power USB to SATA Bridge Controller such as integrated 5V to 3.3V Linear Regulators and 5V to 1.2V Switching Regulators. The VL716 is designed to fit small form-factor design, featuring the easy-to-manufacture 6x6mm QFN 48L green package and is also fully compatible with any modern operating system with USB storage support including Windows, Mac OSX (Mac OS), Linux, and Android.

If native USB Type-C support is not needed, VIA Labs also offers the VL715, a USB-IF Certified USB 3.1 Gen 2 to SATA 6Gb/s bridge controller for legacy USB micro-B connectors.

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