Product News

2012/01/02

Etron Introduces High Performance USB 3.0 Host and Device ICs

(Jan 10, 2012, Las Vegas) The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas is about to begin. Etron Technology, Inc. (Taiwan GTSM: 5351) will launch at the show: (1) a new four-port USB 3.0 Host Controller IC EJ198; (2) a new optimized cost-performance four-port USB 3.0 Host Controller IC EJ188, and (3) a new top performance dual-channel USB 3.0 Flash Drive Controller IC eV268. These products are made with Etron’s completely self-developed USB 3.0 hardware and software technologies, and provide customers with a total solution of using both Etron’s host and device ICs to enjoy the most exciting data transfer experiences. Etron has further strengthened her leading position of supplying various USB 3.0 controller chips for fast growing USB 3.0 application markets, and creates win-win opportunities with her strategic system customers.

(1) Launch of Innovative Two-Lane PCIe Gen2 to Four-port USB 3.0 SoC Chip

Etron’s EJ198 USB 3.0 Host Controller IC conforms to PCIe Gen2 and USB 3.0 standards to support an I/O serial bus interface with a high data transfer rate. This IC achieves high system compatibility, low power consumption, and optimal performance. With two Lanes of the PCIe Gen2 inputs, the EJ198’s transfer rate of 5Gbps by each Lane can be doubled to output 10Gb per second to the USB 3.0 ports under a full duplex transmission, which has achieved a total of USB 3.0 performance up to 10Gbps .

(2) Introduction of One-Lane PCIe Gen2 to Four-port USB 3.0 SoC Chip with optimized cost-performance results

Etron also launches a high performance EJ188 USB 3.0 Host Controller IC for cost effectiveness. The product is also a PCIe Gen2 to USB 3.0 host controller, with only one Lane PCIe Gen2 in comparison to EJ198, but its transfer rate can also reach up to 5Gbps signaling rate, as defined in the USB 3.0 standard. The EJ188 has been adopted by Etron’s strategic customers of USB 3.0 system manufacturers. In terms of hardware specifications, both EJ198 and EJ188 have four USB 3.0 ports and reserve backward compatibility with USB 2.0 and both are housed in 88-pin QFN packages with an individual external size of 10 by 10 mm2.

(3) Advent of the Dual-channel Flash Drive Controller SoC Chip

As Etron’s USB 3.0 host controller products have become the mainstream of the market, the Company has also begun to introduce new USB 3.0 device products. The high-performance eV268 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Controller IC that is going to show up at CES has possessed a dual-channel flash memory interface. The eV268 chip has 60 bit ECC function, which supports Error Check and Correction capability on all SLC/MLC/TLC NAND Flash memories made of 3x nm, 2x nm, and 1x nm advanced CMOS technologies from different flash memory manufacturers. This eV268 product line has two products. The first one is labeled as eV268H, which features supporting 8CE (Channel Enable) and has achieved optimal values between fast data transfer rate and cost effectiveness. The second product is labeled as eV268K, which shows very high performance with using various synchronous or toggle-mode MLC flash memories. The eV268K expands its operation up to 16CE and presents 230 megabytes per second. The products have been adopted by some of Etron’s customers in manufacturing high performance flash drives. The eV268 achieved the USB-IF certification and may use the SuperSpeed USB logo, which means it passed the USB-IF’s certification and compliance program and is compliant to the world-class standard. All these Etron’s USB 3.0 SoC chips and a friendly consolidated platform have helped system customers to fast develop both USB 3.0 host and device system products, and are achieving more mutual win-win successes. For more information, please surf www.etron.com.tw

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Justine Tsai
Tel: +886-3-5782345ext.8669
Email: pr@etron.com