Første 7-port USB-C hub controller med USB Power Delivery (PD)
Cypress introducerer industriens første 7-port USB-C hub controller med USB Power Delivery (PD) til mobile pc docking-stationer (in english).Cypress Semiconductor has announced the industry’s first 7-port USB-C hub controller with USB Power Delivery (PD). The programmable EZ-USB HX3PD hub controller simplifies USB-C dock system designs by integrating the functionality of five chips into one, lowering bill-of-materials (BOM) and reducing board size by as much as 50%. The highly-integrated controller is ideal for notebook and tablet docking stations, monitor docks and multi-function USB-C peripherals.
USB-C docks have been complex to design, requiring two USB hubs to support internal and external connections, a dedicated controller for every USB-C port that supports USB PD charging, along with a USB billboard and USB-C bridge controller to report operating status and connection failures. The EZ-USB HX3PD hub controller drastically simplifies system design by integrating the functionality of these chips.
Additionally, it reduces footprint with a 12-mm-by-12-mm package. The controller includes a 7-port, 10-Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub, two USB-C ports with USB PD 3.0 charging, and a dock management controller that supports USB Billboard functionality and secure firmware downloads.
The controller’s programmability enables designers to keep pace with changes to the USB-C and USB PD specifications and resolve interoperability issues. The controller also prevents degradation of USB signals by integrating a configurable USB PHY that improves signal quality to meet and exceed USB compliance requirements.
- Our new HX3PD hub solution brings 10-Gbps performance to our leading portfolio of USB hubs for docking solutions, which includes HX3 and HX3C, says Ajay Srikrishna, vice president of Cypress’ Wired Connectivity Business Unit.
- The controller leverages our expertise in USB-C and USB Power Delivery to provide a highly-integrated solution, continuing our long track record of being first to market with USB-C solutions and extending our leadership in SuperSpeed USB.
The USB Type-C and Power Delivery standards are gaining rapid support with top-tier electronics manufacturers by enabling slim industrial designs, easy-to-use connectors and cables, and the ability to transmit multiple protocols and deliver up to 100 Watts of power. The USB Type-C standard’s 2.4-mm-high connector plug is significantly smaller than the current 4.5-mm USB Standard-A connector.
The EZ-USB HX3PD hub controller family is currently sampling and is expected to be in production in the third quarter of 2018. HX3PD is available in a 192-ball BGA package.