VIA Labs, Inc., supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced the Microsoft Windows 8.1 readiness of its USB 3.0 Host, Hub, and Device controllers, corresponding with the recent release of the first major update to Windows 8.
The VIA Labs VL805 4-Port and VIA Labs VL806 2-Port USB 3.0 Host controllers are Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) certified and support xHCI 1.0 and Microsoft’s USB Debugging Port Capability.
The VIA Labs VL811+ USB 3.0 Hub Controller, which is used in the Microsoft USB Test Tool SuperMUTT Pack, is certified along with VIA Labs VL812 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub controller. The VL812 remains one of the only USB 3.0 hubs on the market with fully-integrated voltage regulators including 5V to 1.2V Switching regulator and 5V to 3.3V Linear regulator.
The VIA Labs VL711 USB 3.0 to SATA 6Gbps SATA Bridge controller is Windows 8.1 certified and fully supports the USB Attached SCSI Protocol for additional performance due to enhanced protocol efficiency.
“The impact of uncertified hardware can range from general incompatibility and stability issues to poor performance and significantly reduced battery life,” said Terrance Shih, Product Manager, VIA Labs, Inc. “The Windows Certified logo stands for quality and a premium user experience and we are proud to offer products that are fully compliant.”