VIA announces Vectro VT6214 USB2.0 4-Port Host Controller

Posted on Wednesday, April 07 2004 @ 14:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VIA has launched the VIA Vectro VT6214 Hi-Speed USB2.0 host controller for personal computers and mobile solutions. It can be used in combination with FireWire, 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.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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