Two Power Delivery Chips Provide USB Type-C Charging Solutions

Microchip Technology has announced two new solutions that simplify USB Type-C PD (Power Delivery) for a range of applications. The company claims it as one of the industry’s first USB-IF-certified USB 3.1 SmartHub devices with integrated support for Power Delivery (TID1212). The USB705x family enables fast device charging and introduces unique PD implementations called HostFlexing and PDBalancing. The second device, the UPD301A, is a standalone USB Type-C PD controller that significantly simplifies the implementation of basic USB Type-C PD charging functionality, making it well suited for applications from rear seat charging in vehicles to portable equipment to public charging stations.

The USB705x family includes two unique features that simplify USB Type-C PD implementations – HostFlexing and PDBalancing. HostFlexing simplifies the user’s docking station experience by allowing all USB Type-C ports to function as the “notebook” port, eliminating the need for cryptic labels that try and explain overall functionality of each USB Type-C port. PDBalancing provides a methodology for manufacturers to manage overall system power through centralized control, ultimately saving money for consumers by being able to charge a number of PD enabled devices with less overall power.

To meet consumer demand for faster mobile device charging and data streaming, the USB705x family combines native support for USB Type-C PD with the 5 Gbps SuperSpeed data rates of USB 3.1. Ideal for docks, PC monitors and automotive infotainment, the family – consisting of the USB7050, USB7051, USB7052 and USB7056—provides a range of USB configurations to meet varying PD and USB Type-C design needs. For example, the USB7050 supports three PD-enabled upstream and downstream USB Type-C ports, while the USB7056 provides only one upstream port alongside five traditional Type-A downstream ports. The new hubs also support driver assistance applications that are available on all mobile handsets, allowing the graphical user interface of a phone to be displayed on a vehicle’s screen while simultaneously charging the mobile device.

The USB705x and UPD301 come with a complete solution including the MPLAB Connect Configurator hub configuration tool, evaluation boards with schematics and Gerber files to reduce development time. The UPD301A is available today starting at $1.50 in 10,000-unit quantities. The USB705x family is available today with options and pricing for 10,000-unit quantities, with price ranging from $4.82 to $5.35, depending on configuration.

Microchip Technology | www.microchip.com

 

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