Programmable, highly-integrated controller allows designers to easily add Thunderbolt in the PC ecosystem
Cypress Semiconductor announced availability of a new USB-C controller with Power Delivery (PD) optimized for Thunderbolt notebook and desktop PCs, as well as docking stations. The EZ-PD CCG5 controller is the industry’s first two-port USB-C controller that supports the Thunderbolt alternate mode with Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 (Alpine Ridge) controllers. The device enhances the plug-and-play USB-C user experience, while providing BOM integration with features such as built-in protection against shorts and electrostatic discharge. The highly integrated controller increases the reliability of a system by integrating Flash memory that can store two firmware images for fail-safe boot. It offers the family’s trademark programmability to keep up with evolving industry standards.
“The world’s leading PC makers have been closely monitoring the maturity of USB-C controllers to bring all of the universal connectivity and fast charging benefits of the standard to their customers,” said Ajay Srikrishna, vice president of Cypress’ Wired Connectivity Business Unit. “Our new EZ-PD CCG5 controller is optimized to enable the broad scale proliferation of USB-C in desktop and notebook PCs, as well as docking stations, and has already earned multiple design wins with top tier PC OEMs.”