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VIA Vectro VT6214 - 4-port USB 2.0 Host Controller

This product is available fully ROHS-compliant.

The VIA Vectro VT6214 a high performance 4-port USB2.0 host controller specifically designed for PCs and mobile systems. The VIA Vectro VT6214 features all the high performance characteristics of the VIA Vectro host controller line, as well as support for combo solutions with IEEE 1394 (Firewire), Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet.  
Product Snapshot

» Enhanced performance over the VT6202, supporting combo-solutions with Firewire, Serial ATA, Gigabit Ethernet
» 4 USB2.0 downstream ports
» Supports up to 480Mbps data transfer rates
» Simultaneous Multiple Connectivity


Benefits of the VIA Vectro VT6214

Multi-functionality
With four downstream ports for USB2.0 and combinations with IEEE1394, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet, supporting multiple downstream ports, the VIA Vectro VT6214 enables simultaneous operation of multiple devices, allowing connectivity to the installed base as well as incorporation of the latest emerging communication technologies. Supporting PCI and Cardbus interfaces, the VIA Vectro VT6214 delivers high performance for multiple market segments.

Hi-Speed USB2.0 Performance
Certified by the USB Implementers Forum for Hi-Speed USB2.0 operation, the VIA Vectro VT6214 is one of the top USB2.0 performers in the industry, delivering superior performance, especially in data access and read/write speeds.

Simplicity
The VIA Vectro VT6214 allows hot swapping and provides a cost-effective single chip peripheral connection interface for all USB2.0-enabled PC peripherals as well as the new generation of higher bandwidth devices, such as digital cameras and MP3 players.

Energy-Efficiency
Based on low power architecture and advanced process technology, the VIA Vectro VT6214 USB2.0 host controller optimizes power management, ensuring reliability and connectivity in critical low power conditions and saves battery life in mobile systems.

Flexibility
The option of a PCI add-in card, a Cardbus for mobile systems or a discrete chipset installed directly onto the mainboard provides the most flexible approach for system builders and OEMs of installing this recognized communications standard.


Description

Certified by the USB Implementers Forum for Hi-Speed USB2.0 operation, the VIA Vectro VT6214 USB2.0 Host Controller ensures seamless plug-and-play connectivity to new generation USB2.0-enabled peripheral devices, delivering data transfer rates of up to 480Mbps.

In supporting the 32-bit 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 provides unparalleled support for IEEE1394, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet, enabling customers to incorporate the latest communication technologies in a range of combination solutions to satisfy multiple market segments. The VIA Vectro VT6214 allows OEMs to combine USB2.0 with up to two additional leading edge technologies on a single PCI card, delivering support for up to four USB2.0, up to three additional IEEE1394, one parallel ATA and two Serial ATA ports and one Gigabit Ethernet port, enabling the running of multiple peripheral devices simultaneously. Combo Cardbus modes features the VIA Vectro VT6214 and IEEE1394, supporting two USB2.0 and one IEEE1394 ports, while ensuring low power consumption and saving battery life for mobile systems.

Manufactured using a 0.22 micron CMOS process, the VIA Vectro VT6214 integrates advanced power management and functionality features permitting aggressive management of I/O power consumption, making it suitable for low-power systems and ensuring reliability in power sensitive applications.

Incorporating two Universal Host Controller Interface cores for full signaling and one Enhanced Host Controller Interface core for high-speed signaling, the VIA Vectro VT6214 is a multi-functional PCI device, utilizing the exceptional bandwidth of USB2.0 to support a wide range of high-speed peripherals, including high resolution video, webcams, digital cameras, next-generation scanners and printers and high-density storage devices. The VIA Vectro VT6214 allows for dynamic attach and re-attach to the USB bus to allow hot-swap of devices. The External Serial (EEPROM) Interface enables memory retention and supports serial number, vendor number, product ID and miscellaneous storage.

The VIA Vectro VT6214 is available as an on-board chip, an add-in PCI card and a 32-bit Cardbus solution, and comes in a 128-Pin PQFP package that supports firmware application.

Support for the VIA Vectro VT6214 is built into Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000. Win98SE and WinME drivers are also suitable for the VIA Vectro VT6214.


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Key Features

» Compliant with Universal Series Bus (USB) Specification Revision 2.0
» Compliant with Enhanced Host Controller Interface Specification Revision 1.0
» Compliant with Universal Host Controller Interface Specification Revision 1.1
» PCI multi-function device consists of two UHCI Host Controller cores for full/low speed signaling and one EHCI Host Controller core for high speed signaling
» Root hub comprises 4 downstream facing ports with integrated physical layer transceivers shared by UHCI and EHCI Host Controllers
» Support PCI-Bus Power Management Interface Specification release 1.1
» Legacy support for all downstream facing ports
» 4 DMA engines with pipelined control for USB data transfer bandwidth improvement
» Dynamic clock stop control for power consumption reduction
» 2.5V power supply with 5V tolerant inputs
» Serial EEPROM support for Boot Register Update
» Supports combo solutions with IEEE1394, Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet
» Cardbus mode support
» Manufactured using 0.22 micron, low power CMOS process
» 128-pin PQFP package available


Resources

VIA Vectro VT6214 press release
VIA Vectro VT6214 image kit (hi-res) / VIA Vectro VT6214 image kit (low-res)

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