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jmke 5th April 2004 11:23

VIA Introduces VIA Vectro VT6214 Hi-Speed USB2.0 4-Port Host Controller
VIA Introduces VIA Vectro VT6214 Hi-Speed USB2.0 4-Port Host Controller

Extending USB2.0 connectivity for desktop and mobile systems, with Combo support for multiple options

Taipei, Taiwan, 5 April 2004 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today launched the VIA Vectro VT6214 Hi-Speed USB2.0 host controller for PCs and mobile solutions, which can be used in combination with IEEE1394, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet controllers. Certified by the USB Implementers Forum for Hi-Speed USB2.0 operation, the VIA Vectro VT6214 enables consumers to incorporate the latest communication technologies into their systems, while providing seamless connectivity to the installed peripheral base, as well as the new generation USB2.0-enabled devices.

With support for the PCI and Cardbus (PCMCIA) interfaces, the VIA Vectro VT6214 satisfies the peripheral interface requirements of multiple markets such as add–in cards and PCMCIA cards for mobile systems. The VIA Vectro VT6214 incorporates unprecedented support for extended communication technologies, offering OEMs the flexibility to design a wide range of add-in cards and PCMCIA cards that combine USB2.0 with up to two additional leading edge technologies, including IEEE1394, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet, on a single PCI card.

“VIA is striving to make the adoption of USB2.0 a hassle-free process, while providing our OEMs with the utmost flexibility to incorporate a range of technologies into single solutions,” said Eric Lin, Product Manager, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With just one PCI card consumers can take full advantage of the latest emerging technologies, such as Serial ATA, IEEE1394 or Gigabit Ethernet. Ensuring excellent compatibility, VIA recommends the VIA VT6421 Serial ATA RAID controller, the VIA Fire VT6307 IEEE1394 host controller and the VIA Networking Velocity™ VT6122 Gigabit Ethernet controller to be used in combinations with the VIA Vectro VT6214.”

The VIA Vectro VT6214 proves versatile in application, increasing productivity in the office environment by enabling fast data transfer between PCs and printers or scanners, while maximizing consumers’ enjoyment of digital content from their latest USB2.0-enabled MP3 players, digital cameras and digital video recorders. The VIA Vectro VT6214 offers consistent Hi-Speed data transfer rates of up to 480Mbps to each of four downstream USB2.0 ports for PCs, enabling the running of multiple bandwidth-hungry applications simultaneously, while maintaining low power consumption. In combo, the VIA Vectro VT6214 PCI cards deliver support for up to three additional IEEE1394 ports, one parallel ATA and two Serial ATA ports and one Gigabit Ethernet port for Internet connectivity. Combo Cardbus modes feature the VIA Vectro VT6214 and IEEE1394, supporting two USB2.0 and one IEEE1394 ports, maintaining low power consumption for longer battery life for mobile systems.

About the VIA Vectro VT6214 USB2.0 Host Controller
Compliant with USB Specification Revision 2.0 and providing enhanced performance through four DMA engines with pipelined control, delivering consistently high data transfer rates of up to 480Mbps to each of the four downstream USB2.0 ports, the VIA Vectro VT6214 supports multiple connectivity with USB2.0 based peripheral devices. Based on VIA’s low power architecture and advanced process technology, the VIA Vectro VT6214 USB2.0 host controller optimizes power management, ensuring connectivity in critical low power conditions.

In addition, the VIA Vectro VT6214 supports Combo solutions with IEEE1394, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet controllers, while featuring PCI or Cardbus interfaces. The VIA Vectro VT6214 is available as an on-board chip, an add-in PCI card and a 32-bit Cardbus solution.

The highly integrated fully compliant USB2.0 Transceiver Macrocell Interface (UTMI) supports high speed and full speed communication, backward compatibility with USB1.1, and allows for dynamic attach and re-attach to the USB bus to allow hot-swap of peripherals. The External Serial (EEPROM) Interface enables memory retention and supports serial number, vendor number, product ID and miscellaneous storage.

Further information may be found at the VIA website at:

VIA and USB2.0
VIA has been a key driver of the USB standard on the PC platform, bringing integrated USB1.1 solutions to market before the mainstream supply of USB-enabled peripherals. Anticipating the industry transition to the enhanced USB2.0 standard, VIA developed both integrated and discrete solutions, enabling consumers to move quickly to the faster transfer technology. Being a member of the USB Implementers Forum (USB IF), VIA remains committed to steering the industry-wide move towards adoption of the USB2.0 Specification by developing both discrete and integrated USB2.0 solutions, providing OEMs and system builders with the most cost effective and flexible method of incorporating the high bandwidth USB2.0 technology into their desktop, mobile and consumer systems.

Delivering superior data transfer rates of up to 480Mbps, Hi-Speed USB2.0 is swiftly superseding the standard USB1.1 specification for the PC, enabling seamless connectivity to the installed peripheral base and the new generation of USB2.0 enabled devices. This high-speed transfer technology is ideal for today’s bandwidth-hungry peripherals such as video cameras and next generation scanners and printers, and greatly enhances the performance of demanding applications such as interactive gaming and digital photography.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. 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, motherboard vendors and system integrators.

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