VIA Releases USB 3.0 Thumbdrive Controller, the VL750

When you absolutely, positively have to have your data onto your hard drive in seconds, look to VIA and their new USB 3.0 thumbdrives. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a normal flash drive. The blue plastic is a dead giveaway but inside is VIA’s new VIA VL750 Flash Controller is backwards compatible with 2.0 ports and offers 100MB/s transfer speeds in 3.0 and 35MB/s in 2.0.

The chips are available now and should hit devices next year.

The VIA Labs VL750 is the first USB 3.0 compliant NAND flash controller of its kind in the market, featuring a 4-channel memory controller with interleaving support to offer blisteringly fast data transfer speeds of 100MB/s or more, depending on configuration. The VIA Labs VL750’s four channel design dramatically improves data throughput over dual or single channel designs by offering more bandwidth and improved parallelization.

The VIA Labs VL750 features USB mass storage class ‘Bulk-Only Transport’ for universal compatibility across platforms such as Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux, and adds USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) support for additional performance. The VIA Labs VL750 is fully compliant with the USB 3.0 specification, and is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 standards, offering class-leading performance in USB 2.0 mode with transfer speeds of up to 35 MB/s.