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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 […]

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


Hot Topic of the week, the Samsung S7 does not have a USB Type-C port

The internet is all a buzz this week with news of the Samsung flagship S7 mobile phone. Yes it’s a beautiful phone packed to the brim with super features but sadly NO USB Type-C! instead the Samsung S7 has a Micro USB, old school to say the least. Many are asking the question why no […]

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Posted in DisplayPort, PC Chipset, Smartphone, State of USB, Thunderbolt, Type C, USB Power, USB Power Delivery, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB-C |


Go to market months faster with Hybrid IP Prototyping (HIP) AND USB 3.1 Shipping from its Creator

Hybrid IP Prototyping and USB 3.1 ahead, but first an opening joke An old man thinks his wife is losing her hearing. He calls the doctor about it and the doctor says he can do a little experiment to determine the severity, “Ask her a question from the next room in a normal tone of […]

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Posted in FPGA-Based Prototyping, IP Accelerated, IP Prototyping Kits, Thunderbolt, Type C, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, Virtual Prototyping |


Thunderbolt 1 Flash Drive, Thunderbolt 2 with Enterprise SSD

Thunderbolt 1 Flash Drive PCWorld reported the demonstration of a Thunderbolt 1 Flash Drive at Computex 2013.  The drive is a prototype.  The prototype is 128GB in size, made by SanDisk, and is considered an SSD, and apparently operates at Thunderbolt 1 speeds.    The PCWorld article shows a picture of the drive (shown above), but does not show […]

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Posted in NAND Flash, SSD, Storage, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 |


Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, and 10G USB – Who wins?

Thunderlbolt 2, USB 3.0 and 10G USB – Who will Win?  Apple announced MacPro, circular cone shaped Apple PC with 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports.   That’s right, 6 ports.  What is Thunderbolt 2? Why would you possibly need 6 ports of anything, on any PC? Well, this is the PC that will make all other PCs feel […]

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Posted in DisplayLink, Storage, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 |


Why we need 10G USB (Double-Speed USB 3.0)? – Revisited

As we enter the next era of USB, the 10 Gbps one, I’m asked constantly, why does USB need to go any faster? Answer:  Users expect Instant On, fast access to everything.  This means you need lower latentces, and faster access to everything inside and outside your device, tablet, phablet, or phone. If you have […]

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Posted in Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 |


USB and Thunderbolt in 90 seconds

A Blog Reader kindly forwarded this video to me explaining the differences in USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and Thunderbolt. Watch it because it distills USB and Thunderbolt into about 20 seconds of content.   USB and Thunderbolt as explained in 90 seconds as explained by a Microsoft OEM person   Subscribe Forward this Blog Address […]

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Posted in Thunderbolt, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 |


Apple adds USB 3.0 to MacBook Pro and MacBook Air–Every USB 3.0 port comes with Thunderbolt

At Tim Cook’s keynote today, Apple announced USB 3.0 available in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.  Here’s the screen shot from the Apple website.   The new Apple MacBooks use the fastest, most advanced Ivy Bridge PC chipset which include USB 3.0 I think this means Apple deployed official USB 3.0 support before […]

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Posted in Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, USB 3.0 Adoption, USB 3.0 Products |


$800M says Thunderbolt stays Closed

I’m constantly asked: “Will Thunderbolt replace USB 3.0?” Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 will co-exist & live long, fruitful lives As reported previously, Apple filed and recieved a patent for a new iPhone or iPad connector which looks  like a Thunderbolt connection. You can see in the picture that it includes connections for USB 3.0 and […]

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Posted in iPad, iPhone, PC Chipset, Smartphone, Tablets, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 |


TI supports Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt Pricing

This means TI developed 6 devices or chips that support Thunderbolt.  In other words, TI chips sit next to the actual Thunderbolt chips.  Interestingly, if you look at the prices of the TI devices in the announcement you will see the following table:   The Thunderbolt chips are made by only one company, the Innovator […]

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Posted in Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 Pricing |