VIA earlier this week said its VL701 low power USB 3.0 to SATA bridge controller has been certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). This makes VIA the first and only company to achieve USB-IF bus-powered certification using a traditional hard drive, which draws more power than flash-based drives. VIA's SATA bridge will allow users to connect any SATA hard drive, SSD, or optical drive to their PC using a USB 3.0 port.
"The VL701 is an advanced, highly-integrated USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge that lets users experience the benefits of USB 3.0 using hard drives, optical drives, and even SSDs," said David Hsu, Associate Vice President, VIA Labs, Inc. "The low power aspect is compelling for both end-users and manufacturers by enabling lower operating temperatures and longer battery life without sacrificing performance."
The VL701 adapter is a single-chip solution and the industry's first to feature a fully integrated 5V switching regulator. It's based on the design of VIA's previous VL700 controller, and according to VIA, the revised controller is now shipping with pricing available upon request.