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The industry's first 7-port USB-c hub_ The EZ-USB HX3PD released by Cypress

Published:7/5/2018.

The main contents of this article are:

1.The latest press about Cypress Semiconductor's EZ-USB HX3PD

2.The description of the Cypress Semiconductor's EZ-USB HX3PD

3.What's the EZ-USB HX3PD Key Features

4.The EZ-USB HX3PD‘s Datasheet Information

5.what is the USB Type-C Specification

6.The related USB-C™ hub_HB30C5A2CS

Keywords:Cypress Semiconductor,EZ-USB HX3PD,the EZ-USB HX3PD Key FeaturesThe EZ-USB HX3PD‘s Datasheet,the HB30C5A2CST
Pictured is the evaluation board for Cypress' EZ-USB HX3PD chip

1.The latest press about Cypress Semiconductor's EZ-USB HX3PD

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2018 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY), the embedded solutions leader, today announced the industry’s first 7-port USB-C hub controller with USB Power Delivery (PD). The programmable  EZ-USB® HX3PD hub controller simplifies the design of the USB-C interface system by integrating the functions of the five chips into one chip, reducing bill of materials (BOM) and reducing board size by 50%. 

2.The description of the Cypress Semiconductor's EZ-USB HX3PD

The EZ-USB® HX3PD is the industry's first 7-port USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Hub with Power Delivery, supporting two Type-C+PD ports (one upstream and one downstream), and five downstream USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. HX3PD is Cypress's most integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub, integrating five chips (2x 4-port USB hubs, two USB PD controllers, Dock Management Controller) into one, reducing BOM cost and solution footprint, making it ideal for USB Type-C dongles, docks and monitors. HX3PD's configurable SuperSpeed and USB 2.0 PHY improves signal quality, giving board designers more flexibility and making USB-IF compliance easier.

The highly integrated controller is ideal for notebook and tablet docking stations, monitoring docks and multi-function USB-C peripherals. The USB-c interface is complex in design and requires two USB hubs to support internal and external connections. 

Each USB-C port has a dedicated controller to support USB PD charging, as well as a USB billboard and USB-c Bridge the controller to report operational status and connection failure. 

The EZ-USB HX3PD hub controller integrates the functionality of these chips, greatly simplifying system design. In addition, it also reduces the footprint of a 12 mm wide and 12 mm bag. The controller includes a 7-port, 10-Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub, two USB-c ports and USB PD 3.0 charging, and a dock management controller that supports USB signage and secure firmware downloads. The programmability of the controller allows designers to keep up with changes to the USB-C and USB PD specifications and resolve interoperability issues. The controller also prevents degradation of the USB signal by integrating a configurable USB PHY that improves signal quality to meet and exceed USB compliance requirements.Ajay Srikrishna, vice president of Cypress Wired Connectivity Business Unit, said our new HX3PD hub solution brings 10 gbps of performance to our leading USB hub family, including HX3 and HX3C. 

The controller leverages our expertise in USB-c and USB power delivery to provide a highly integrated solution that continues our leading position in the USB-C solution market.The USB Type-C and Power

Delivery standards are gaining rapid support from top electronics manufacturers, 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 s2.4 mm-high connector plug is significantly smaller than the current 4.5 mm USB standard - a connector. For more information on Cypress USB-C and Power Delivery solutions, please visit www.cypress.com/Type-C. The EZ-USB HX3PD hub controller family is currently sampling and is expected to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2018. The HX3PD can be used in a 192-ball BGA package.

3.What's the EZ-USB HX3PD Key Features

USB 3.1 Gen 2 Support: One upstream and five downstream ports
USB Type-C and PD Support: One upstream and one downstream port
Integration: Dock Management Controller (DMC), USB-C Bridge controller, USB Billboard controller, two Type-C PHYs, RP/RD resistors
Firmware Upgradability: Firmware upgradable over USB, signed firmware download via DMC
Configurability: Improves signal quality with configurable USB PHY
Charging Support: Supports USB Power Delivery (PD) 3.0, Battery Charging v1.2 and Apple Charging

Package options: 192-BGA (12 x 12 mm)

4.The EZ-USB HX3PD‘s Datasheet Information

The EZ-USB HX3PD‘s description on datasheet

HX3PD is a family of USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C hub with USB Power Delivery (PD) that complies with the USB 3.1 Gen 2 specification,and the latest Type-C and PD standards. HX3PD supports SuperSpeedPlus (SS+), SuperSpeed (SS), High-Speed (HS), Full-Speed(FS), and Low-Speed (LS) on selective ports. HX3PD provides a complete Type-C and USB PD port controller solution in Upstream(US) and one Downstream (DS) port.

5.what is the USB Type-C Specification

USB Type-C is the new USB-IF standard that solves several challenges faced by today's Type-A and Type-B cables and connectors. USB Type-C uses a slimmer connector (measuring only 2.4-mm in height) to allow for increasing miniaturization of consumer and industrial products. The specification allows for fully reversible plugs and enables transport of both USB signals and PCIe or DisplayPort signals on the same connector. The Type-C specification aslo increases the power delivery capability from 7.5 W to 100 W.

6.The related USB-C™ hub_HB30C5A2CST

HB30C5A2CST USB-C™ hub turns your laptop or desktop USB Type-C™ port into four standard USB-A ports, one USB-A fast-charge port, and two USB-C ports. You can also extend the range of your USB devices by using this hub as a mid-point repeater.The HB30C5A2CST is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty and free lifetime technical support.

HB30C5A2CST

What is the HB30C5A2CST's features and application

Connect more devices quickly and easily
The 7-port hub is designed for easy port access when the hub is mounted or sitting on your desk. The hub ports are spaced with enough room between them to easily plug or unplug your USB devices, without having to disconnect other devices from neighboring ports.   With extra USB 3.0 ports, you can increase productivity and connect more devices to your computer, or simply avoid the hassle of swapping connected devices on your port-limited laptop. The hub lets you extend the life of your current USB 3.0 devices while also taking advantage of newer USB-C devices.It’s perfect for IT professionals or anyone who needs to plug and unplug their devices regularly.
Enjoy mounted or desktop convenience

This hub is the perfect accessory for a laptop or desktop workstation, with a rugged metal housing that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use.With the included wall-mount bracket, you can attach the hub to a surface such as a desktop or a wall, to best suit your needs.

Charge-and-sync your mobile devices

With the available fast-charge port, the hub helps to ensure that your tablet or smartphone are charged and ready to use when you need them. You can also sync and access your device while it's charging. The USB-A charge port supports USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2 and delivers up to 2.4 amps of power, so you can charge your mobile device faster than traditional USB ports allow. 
Applications
Installation in locations where USB 3.0 ports need to be securely mounted to a surface, such as on a wall or under a desk
Upgrade and expand the connection capabilities of your MacBook, Ultrabook™, laptop, or desktop
Deploy in hot-desk environments to provide USB hub access for multiple devices
Connect a wide variety of peripherals at home or in the office, all from a single USB 3.0 connection

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