USB-C connector revolution boosted with cost-effective new controller

14-09-2015 | Microchip Technology | Semiconductors

The addition of the UTC2000, USB-C controller to its leading portfolio of
USB devices has been announced by Microchip. With the new device, designers
of a wide range of applications covering the consumer, industrial and
automotive markets can now simply and quickly implement the radically
updated USB-C connector cost effectively, speeding time to market and
minimising bills of materials. Sampling in a 16-pin QFN package, the
UTC2000 controller's small form factor also enables the deployment of USB-C
connectors in mobile applications.

The USB-C cable is now poised to become the 'universal' cable, as it is
capable of supplying data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, 100W of
continuous power flow and ultra-high-bandwidth video capabilities made
available through alternate modes - all with a single connection and cable.
For designers wishing to take advantage of the new standard with the same
ultra-fast transfer speeds at the lowest cost point, the UTC2000 controller
supports up to 15W of power. This is ideal for a wide range of applications
in the consumer market such as notebooks, printers and accessories, docking
stations, mobile devices and battery chargers; in the industrial market for
computers and handheld devices; and in the automotive market for head units,
break-out boxes and USB battery chargers, in addition to other applications.

Microchip's expertise with the USB-C standard provides designers integrating
the UTC2000 controller into their products with the confidence that they
will meet all of the requirements for USB-C compliance. Additionally,
Microchip makes it easy to take full advantage of the USB-C benefits while
lowering development costs and product-launch delay risks, says the company.

The UTC2000 USB-C controller is supported by Microchip's UTC2000 Evaluation
Kit (EVK-UTC2000) which enables designers to easily convert a traditional
USB connector to type C for both UFP and DFP.

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