Industry’s first secure and most complete total USB Type-C solution

14-07-2015 | NXP | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

NXP Semiconductors has unveiled 'the industry’s first and most complete USB
Type-C solution', including authentication and power delivery capabilities
to further deliver secure connections for a smarter world.

The authentication capabilities can be used to validate a device and
determine whether specific functionality of that device should be enabled.
This will maximize battery life and could prevent safety hazards or
equipment damage from low quality materials or non-compliant products. For
example, detecting counterfeit power supplies before they are used for rapid
charging functions.

“We are excited to sample the industry’s first secure total USB Type-C
solution, allowing for the seamless connectivity of data, video, security
and power delivery over a single connector,” said Grahame Cooney, general
manager of the secure interfaces business sector, NXP Semiconductors. “This
innovation offers consumers a secure plug ’n’ play experience to transfer
data and video on their devices while rapidly charging them at the same
time. As an industry leader in security, NXP has added authentication to USB
Type-C to help customers better protect their devices and improve the
reliability, security, and safety of the USB Type-C ecosystem.”

USB Type-C connectors are expected to become the new standard in
device-to-device connectivity as they grow in popularity. Offering up to
10Gbps data rates and 100W of power, the USB Type-C connector and cable
technology supports the growing demands of computing, mobile, and consumer

Improving upon the previous Type-A and Type-B USB connectors, the Type-C
connector is far more user-friendly, offering reversible plug orientation,
cable direction and the ability to transfer power and data simultaneously as
well as support different protocols, such as DisplayPort, MHL, and
Thunderbolt for alternate modes. The bi-directional power flow support
allows a device to either source or sink power. In addition, Type-C
connectors offer scalable power solutions, ranging from 5V at 0.5A for
handheld devices up to 20V at 5A for rapid charging and power delivery.

The total USB Type-C ecosystem from NXP includes microcontrollers,
high-speed switches, USB3 re-drivers, ESD protection and filtering devices,
USB PD PHY, CC logic controllers, authentication, load switches, AC/DC power
solutions, MOSFETs and more. More Type-C products will be released each
month, says the company.

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