VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) integrated chip controllers, today announced that the VIA Labs VL800 4-port and VL801 2-port SuperSpeed USB Host controllers have achieved SuperSpeed USB certification by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). As SuperSpeed USB adoption rapidly gains momentum throughout the industry, the growing number of USB-IF certified products continues to drive a competitive and innovative ecosystem.

"VIA Labs has been a leader in developing a full spectrum of SuperSpeed USB products," said Dr. Daniel Lin, President, VIA Labs, Inc. "With multiple USB 3.0 ports becoming a standard feature, SuperSpeed USB is set for mass-update in the coming year. With a broad install-base to drive device makers, many exciting and new innovative products are already starting to emerge."

The certification the of VIA Labs SuperSpeed USB host controllers provides the assurance that these products will interoperate with the billions of USB-enabled devices available on the market while delivering the speed, power efficiency, and power delivery specified by the USB 3.0 standard. In addition to the VL800 and VL801 Host Controllers, VIA Labs currently offers USB 3.0 SATA Bridge and USB 3.0 to NAND Flash Controllers, which have also achieved the USB-IF certification.

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VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) integrated chip controllers, today unveiled the VIA Labs VL811 4-port SuperSpeed Hub Controller. The VL811 is VIA Labs' second-generation USB 3.0 Hub product, and adds support for USB Battery Charging Spec. 1.2. Beyond transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, the VL811 features improved performance for new and existing devices with host controllers, and adds rapid-charging capabilities.

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"VIA Labs VL811 builds on the success of the VL810, the world’s first 4-port USB 3.0 Hub controller," said Terrance Shih, Project Manager of VIA Labs, Inc USB 3.0 Hubs. "It adds exciting new features, such as the rapid charging function and improved performance."

The VIA Labs VL811 hub controller adds a feature called "Charging Downstream Port," CDP, as defined in the USB Battery Charging Specification. When a BCS-compatible device is attached, the device can charge over 3x faster than conventional hubs or hosts. CDP allows users to transfer data while simultaneously charging their device at the same rate as when charging from an AC adapter.

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HighPoint Technologies, Inc., a leading HBA and storage solutions manufacturer, is now shipping its latest SAS 6Gb/s HBA, the RocketRAID 2711. Designed specifically for workstations and entry-level servers, the RocketRAID 2711 is an external 4-port, SAS 6Gb/s PCI-E 2.0 x8 RAID controller supports SAS/SATA devices in a variety of storage configurations including direct connectivity, SATA JBOD, and SAS expansion.

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The RocketRAID 2711 delivers enterprise management and connectivity features at entry level costs. The Industry standard external Mini-SAS port (SFF-8088) simplifies installation procedures and is compatible with a wide range of storage devices available for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac platforms, including the recent release of MacOS X Lion. The low-profile design allows the card to be integrated into a variety of rack-mount and chassis designs.

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HighPoint Technologies, Inc., an industry leading HBA and storage solutions manufacturer, launches the first of its Dual-Port 5Gb/s USB 3.0 HBA’s, the RocketU 1022A. These low-cost, PCI-E 2.0 x1 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed HBA’s are ideal upgrades for any desktop PC, and are well-suited for a variety of external storage configurations.

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The Introduction of the low-cost Dual Port RocketU USB 3.0 HBA's is in keeping with Highpoint's long standing reputation as the manufacturer of choice for cost-effective, cutting-edge storage HBA's. The RocketU 1022A is a PCI-E 2.0 x1 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed HBA and delivers 5Gb/s of transfer bandwidth. The two type-A ports have been designed to deliver optimal performance for USB 3.0 hard drives and SSD’s, and are suited for a wide-range of applications including portable/removable storage, storage expansion, personal media libraries, and backup solutions.

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Creative Technology Ltd today announced its Sound Blaster Recon3D audio platform and sound cards, powered by the groundbreaking new Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor. Designed to deliver hardware-accelerated THX TruStudio Pro™ and CrystalVoice™ audio technologies for games, music and movies, the new series of Sound Blaster Recon3D sound cards will be previewed from 2-7 September at the 2011 IFA Berlin, at the Creative stand 111, Hall 17, Messe Berlin.

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“We are leveraging our expertise of designing and selling more than 400 million Sound Blaster audio solutions to break new ground with the power and performance of Sound Core3D, establishing the next standard of sound and voice quality for the PC, Mac, console gaming systems and consumer electronics devices,” said Sim Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative Technology Ltd.  “We designed Sound Core3D with its revolutionary quad-core design to even further expand our leadership in audio innovation beyond the PC to transform all digital entertainment. This enables us to develop our most exciting and versatile line of Sound Blaster products yet, while we pursue new market opportunities by providing our OEM partners with the flexibility to power PC products and consumer electronics devices with Sound Core3D.”

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Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of its new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) SATA3 bridge system-on-chip ([SoC], part number, µPD720230) that enables data transfer between a USB3.0 host system and a Serial ATA (SATA) device in external USB storage equipment. The new SoC is the world's first USB 3.0 Bridge SoC that supports the UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) protocol that significantly speeds up data throughput for large volumes of data.

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USB 3.0 achieves data transfer speeds more than 10 times faster than the previous version of the standard, USB 2.0 (currently the mainstream data transfer technology) and therefore easily supports the growing need for increased data-recording media capacities. Renesas has led the industry by releasing the µPD720200 USB 3.0 host controller in May 2009 and began mass production in June that same year. Since then, the company's lineup of USB 3.0 host controllers has been widely adopted by customers worldwide. Total shipments of these products have already exceeded 40 million units since May 2010, and Renesas has ramped up production of its USB 3.0 host controllers to 6 million units per month. During this period, the company also released in December 2009 a UASP driver that achieves high-speed data transfers for storage devices by improving the performance limit of the BOT (Bulk-Only Transfer) standard used by USB 2.0, making it possible for external storage devices to take advantage of the increased speed offered by the new USB 3.0 standard.

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SilverStone created an incredible mobile storage product, the Treasure TS07. It connects to the PC via 5Gbit/s USB 3.0 super speed interface which enables data transfer with maximum compatibility and stability, making TS07 the best choice for taking important data on the go.

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Special Features

  • 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Super Speed transfer rate.
  • Supports 3.5" SATA 6 Gb/s SSD or hard drive.
  • An entirely tool-less design.
  • Maximum compatibility with USB 2.0 (480Mbits)

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HighPoint Technologies, Inc., an industry leading HBA and storage solutions manufacturer, has launched the RocketU USB 3.0 HBA series. These innovative HBA's support USB drives of every generation, and deliver true 5Gb/s per-port performance. RocketU HBA's are the ideal external USB 3.0 storage upgrade for any PCI-E compatible PC.

Don't handicap your external storage devices with standard USB 3.0 cards, or device hubs. HighPoint's RocketU HBA's are the only USB 3.0 controllers on the market capable of delivering true 5Gb/s per-port performance. HighPoint's unique HBA design ensures that each device port delivers true USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer rates. The potent combination of dedicated device ports and PCI-E 2.0 x4 bus speeds, eliminates the performance bottlenecks associated with conventional USB cards, and provide the throughput needed for today's fastest external SSD's, hard drives and enclosures

Add true SuperSpeed USB 3.0 storage to any PCI-E compatible PC. RocketU HBA's support USB drives of any generation, and can be easily installed into any free PCI-E 1.0 or 2.0 slot.

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my-ditto.jpgDane-Elec, a global leader in consumer electronics, has just launched it’s new my-Ditto website. The new site is user-friendly, contains in-depth information on how to use and get the most out of the award winning digital storage solution, videos of my-Ditto in action, an updated where to buy section, a new blog to keep users informed, and much more.

“Consumers have been inundated with new storage technologies from Network Attached Storage (NAS) to The Cloud, but have lacked a single, easy to understand resource to be able to determine what is the best solution for their needs,” said Sherry Chapman, director of marketing at Dane-Elec. “The new my-Ditto.com website has been designed to not only educate consumers, but also to build a community where they can share their real world experiences with these new storage solutions.”

The inaugural blog for the new my-ditto.com website will focus on the differences between a Local Cloud (Personal Cloud) and remote third-party storage Clouds; and, what options are available to consumers today.  Everyone is hearing about “The Cloud” but clear and concise information on what Cloud solution is best for a consumer’s specific needs is hard to find.  Visit the my-Ditto blog at http://www.my-ditto.com/blog/.

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Addonics Technologies today announced the 5-port HPM-XU, a feature-rich hardware port multiplier (HPM), which connects up to five SATA hard drives to high speed eSATA or the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on any system via a single eSATA or USB cable.  Addonics also unveiled a family of RAID storage solutions that integrate with its HPM.

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The new port multiplier comes with built-in RAID accelerator and supports sustained transfer exceeding 240 MB/sec with 5 drives in RAID 5 configuration.

The 5-port HPM-XU will benefit anyone wanting to attach numerous hard drives to desktops or servers as individual drives or as high performance RAID volumes with redundancy. You can also connect five SATA optical drives, such as DVD-RRW or Blu-ray drives, to your system and do simultaneous data copying. The device supports all current versions of Windows, Mac OS X and above, Linux kernel 2.4 and above, and Mac OS X 10.4.x.

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