A subsidiary of VIA Technologies that specializes in manufacturing USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, VIA Labs has introduced to the public details about its next-generation USB 3.0 to NAND flash controllers. USB 3.0 flash controllers such as the ones VIA Labs is set out to debut are key in improving the performance and dependability of flash devices that span the range of flash drives, external hard drives, and other USB 3.0 computer peripherals and accessories.
VIA Labs has already introduced the features of its two new flash controllers: the VIA VL752 and the VIA VL753 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to NAND flash controllers. Designed to increase the quality and improve the overall performance of flash devices, the VIA Labs controllers are built to accommodate devices that use 21 nm, 20 nm, and 19 nm geometric processes. The flash controllers are built using 85 nm process technology and support 200 MHz DDR NAND.
VIA Labs also designed the controllers in a way that they can be included in devices with small form factors. Therefore, it follows that the VIA VL752 and VIA VL753 come in 8 x 8 mm and 6 x 6 mm packages, respectively. Originating from the drawing table with channel designs, the VIA VL752 possesses a two-channel design, while the VIA VL753 has a single-channel one. Both USB 3.0 to NAND flash controllers can process data at transfer speeds that can throttle up to 280 MB/s. They also possess bad block management and are equipped with durable ECC engines for better data integrity.
As a stamp of high quality, top performance, interoperability, and backwards compatibility, the Via Labs USB 3.0 to NAND flash controllers are certified by the USB Implementers Forum, or USB-IF, for SuperSpeed operation. As of now, retailers can already place orders for the two flash controllers, so long as the orders are in bulk (set volume quantities). VIA Labs plans to display the controllers next month in the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, a major technology trade show held every January in the Las Vegas Convention Center and managed by the Consumer Electronics Association.