VIA Intros World's First USB 3.0 Hub Controller

VIA Intros World's First USB 3.0 Hub Controller

If there's one thing that's getting massive amounts of attention here at CES, it's 3D. If there's another, it's USB 3.0. VIA, the company responsible for powering all sorts of lower-end computers, has just launched the world's first USB 3.0 hub controller. What's the big deal? The VL810 SuperSpeed USB hub controller enables a single USB port to be used by up to four high-bandwidth USB 3.0 devices at the same time, which is a huge boon for smaller machines that will eventually need to link up with multiple USB peripherals.

One upstream port and four downstream ports support not just SuperSpeed transfer, but are also backwards compatible with previous USB specifications and offer support for Hi-Speed (480Mbps), Full-Speed (12Mbps), and Low-Speed (1.5Mbps) traffic. Something tells us tomorrow's nettops will be a lot, lot more interesting.



VIA Group Launches World's First USB 3.0 Hub Controller
 
VIA VL810 SuperSpeed USB hub controller allows a single USB port to be used by up to four high-bandwidth USB 3.0 devices simultaneously 
Taipei, Taiwan, January 4, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today unveiled the VIA VL810 SuperSpeed Hub Controller, the industry's first integrated single chip solution that supports the higher transfer rates of the new USB 3.0 specification.

 
USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) allows for a maximum data transfer rate of up to 5Gbps, or ten times the throughput available to USB 2.0 based devices. Other enhancements provide for improved interaction between device and host controller, including important advancements in power management.
 
Developed by wholly owned subsidiary company VIA Labs, the VIA VL810 expands a PC's USB capability by allowing more than one device to be connected to each host port. One upstream port and four downstream ports support not just SuperSpeed transfer, but are also backwards compatible with previous USB specifications and offer support for Hi-Speed (480Mbps), Full-Speed (12Mbps), and Low-Speed (1.5Mbps) traffic.
 
"The growing emphasis on high-definition multimedia content is placing increasing demands on current data transfer technologies," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "SuperSpeed USB not only makes transferring HD video files, high pixel count digital photos, and backing up hard drives quick and easy, but VIA's new hub controller allows consumers to get the most out of the technology by expanding the capacity of PC systems."
 
Along with power management features that include the ability for devices to communicate latency tolerance to the host and for links to enter progressively lower power states when link partners are idle, the VIA VL810 is unique in that it is the first USB hub controller to use advanced 80nm CMOS technology, further lowering the chip's power usage.
 
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 VL810 SuperSpeed Hub Controller. More information on the Lunch@Piero's event can be found on the VIA website at:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/company/events/ces2010/index.jsp
 
About VIA Labs, Inc.
VIA Labs, Inc is the foremost supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers that are driving adoption of the new SuperSpeed USB data transfer specification. A wholly owned subsidiary of x86 processor platform provider, VIA Technologies, Inc., VIA Labs leverages its experience in high-speed serial link interfaces, in-house PHY design, and complete system integration to offer customers industry leading technology along with guaranteed high quality and implementation support.
 
About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw
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These were kind of nice, back when motherboards only had two USB ports. Now that they come with 8, not so much.

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They are still nice for sitting on your desk though. I wouldn't mind having a USB 3 one because it would help with the bandwidth issue.

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is this just a picture of a board component without a board or what I see no connection if it's a daughter card etc. I remember the ones 3vi1 is talking about but those were daughter cards which usually plugged into an ISA slot and or a pci slot. This seems to plug into nothing unless that unseen (top right corner) black port is a USB3 in or something.

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This is a standalone device. Imagine this thing in a plastic case: The port on the bottom right plugs into your PC, the power connector at the back goes to an external adapter.

The main problem with devices like this is that you're bottle-necked on the uplink - that's fine if you're not concurrently using multiple high-speed devices, but is impacting when you want to do something like copy files between two drives plugged into the same hub. It's much better to just plug them directly into your separate MB ports, if you can.

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Oh ok I didn't understand it's basically an open box hub,I get it.

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