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Michael Posner


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USB as seen at CES 2017

So much buzz from CES 2017 this year with the big hitters (IMO) being autonomous cars, IoT devices for the home, specifically security, wearables, virtual reality (VR), 8K TV’s and of course USB everything. Within the space of USB, Type-C was the main theme with cables, chargers, hubs and more abundant from a varied number of vendors.

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Posted in Type C, USB, USB Power, USB Power Delivery, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB-C, USB-IF |


Surviving without USB

This blog has little to do USB, but it’s the holiday season so maybe we all needed a break from high tech.

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Posted in iPad, Type C, USB Power, USB Power Delivery, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB-C |


How long will we be living USB Type-C dongle hell? Not Long I think


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Posted in DisplayPort, FPGA-Based Prototyping, HAPS, IP Accelerated, IP Prototyping Kits, Type C, USB 3.1, USB Certification, USB-C, USB-IF |


Simplest, Smartest and Lowest Cost USB Type-C

We have been seeing a lot of interest in all things USB Type-C from basic USB 2.0 Type-C support all the way to the higher end USB Type-C Alt Mode with DisplayPort. Actually, the latter is getting the most focus as it’s far more complex than traditional standalone USB operation and it’s a highly desirable use mode. Many of the questions are asking for our recommendation as to how to handle the high power, high voltage power delivery and Type-C Port Controller hardware. This is a complex HW partitioning, SW partitioning and system architecture question.

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Posted in Synopsys Marketing, Synopsys USB Demonstration, Type C, Uncategorized, USB, USB 3.1, USB Power, USB Power Delivery, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB-C |


Bye bye and good riddance to 130 year old technology, the 3.5mm jack, long live the king – USB Type-C

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USB goes feral

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Posted in State of USB, Type C, Uncategorized, USB, USB 101, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB Humor, USB Only, USB Power, USB Power Delivery, USB-C |


Part 2: USB Type-C to replace the 3.5mm head phone jack

Last week I blogged about how USB Type-C would replace the 3.5mm audio jack in the future. I asked the readers to comment on what they thought about this. Below is one of the comments I didn’t approve

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Posted in IoT, iPad, Type C, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB Certification, USB Power Delivery, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB-C |


USB Type-C to replace the 3.5mm head phone jack & introducing USB-IF certified USB-C chargers

During IDF 2016 there was a lot of buzz around USB Type-C. Two of the hot topics were USB Type-C for audio and the announcement by the USB-IF to offer certification for Type-C chargers. Also, Synopsys demonstrated our USB-IF Certified 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s) host and device solution. Below is a picture of a video shoot from the show, we will publish the videos we shot in a couple of weeks.

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Posted in Thunderbolt, Type C, USB 3.1, USB Authentication, USB Certification, USB Demonstration, USB Power Delivery |


See Demos on USB Type-C & USB 3.1 at Intel Developer Forum 2016

For over a decade, the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) has been Intel’s premier conference, helping to shape the direction of tomorrow’s technology. IDF brings together people from every part of the technology world to experience visionary keynotes, technology and industry insights, and technical sessions (including lectures, interactive panels, hands-on labs and Q&As). In addition, the Technology Showcase hosts exhibits and demonstrations from Intel and leading technology companies.

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Posted in Everyday USB, HAPS, Synopsys USB Demonstration, Type C, USB 3.1 |


Simplifying USB Software Development

Software developers constantly face the challenge of integrating more features into their designs, with fewer resources and shorter schedule for fast time-to-market products requiring USB interfaces. Developers programming in Linux have an additional challenge in that the Linux kernel mainline is officially released as a new version approximately every 2 to 3 months. Keeping up with the version changes and using them for a non-mainline kernel can waste weeks or months of development.

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