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Low-Powered USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller

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A new Low-Power USB 3.0 to SATA bridge controller features a fully integrated 5V switching regulator. The Via Labs VL701 Low-Power USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge is a single-chip solution that achieves high power efficiency while offering users transfer rates up to 10 times that of USB 2.0. 

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 5 Gbit/s, data stored on SATA devices can be transferred to a PC in a fraction of the time it would usually take compared to USB 2.0 or Firewire. 

The VL701 has been certified 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, Taipei, Taiwan. 886-2-2218 8924. [www.via-labs.com].