vli812 VIA Labs launches its third generation USB 3.0 hub

USB 3.0 hubs are apparently still being developed and VIA Labs announced a few days ago that it’s ready to unleash its third generation USB 3.0 hub controller. The big news this time around is a more power efficient design that allows for more bus powered devices to be used simultaneously.

USB 3.0 hubs are apparently still being developed and VIA Labs announced a few days ago that it’s ready to unleash its third generation USB 3.0 hub controller. The big news this time around is a more power efficient design that allows for more bus powered devices to be used simultaneously.

The VL812 as VLI’s new USB 3.0 hub is called consumes less than half a Watt during use and the company claims that this allows for an external USB 3.0 2.5-inch hard drive, a USB 2.0 flash drive and a USB mouse to be bus powered all at once from a USB 3.0 port.

vli812 VIA Labs launches its third generation USB 3.0 hub

VLI has also managed to shrink the physical chip from 10x10mm for the VL811 to 9x9mm for the VL812, although this is likely to have a huge impact on any actual hardware using the new hub, due to the size of the USB 3.0 ports. As with the VL811, the VL812 supports "Dedicated Charging Port (DCP) and Charging Downstream Port (CDP) functionality" both of which are part of the USB battery charging 1.2 specification which allows for up to three times quicker battery charging in conjunction with compatible devices.

Source: VIA Labs