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eUSB2 for Lower Voltage Processes and Lower Power

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away (or More Like 2015 ish) The USB-IF anticipated that process nodes would advance to a point where the USB 2.0 standard of 3.3V signally wouldn’t work anymore. Or rather, the IO voltages in advanced process nodes don’t support generating or receiving 3.3V for signaling.

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Posted in USB, USB IP, USB Video, USB-IF


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


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


USB in Automotive Applications

Thanks to the huge consumer demand for increased safety, autonomous driving and improved luxury in vehicles the automotive SoC market is expected to grow at 6.7% CAGR between 2014 to 2019  (source IC Market Drivers, IC Insights Jan 2016).

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Posted in Everyday USB, iPhone, Mobile Phone, SuperSpeed USB, Type C, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB Video, USB-C, USB-IF


Relationships Between USB Specs, Part Two & Where to Learn more about Type-C and DisplayPort alt mode

Recently I blogged on the relationships between USB Type-C, USB 3.1, Power Delivery and DisplayPort specifications. In my last blog I simplified the view focusing on the important and latest specifications. I think the simplified view answer most designer’s questions but there are still a few that like to see the full history and complex interactions. The below image, click to enlarge, provides a more detailed view of the different specifications, timeline representation and relationships.

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Posted in DisplayPort, State of USB, SuperSpeed USB, Type C, USB, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.0 and 3D, USB 3.0 Device, USB 3.0 Host, USB 3.0 IP, USB 3.0 PHY, USB 3.0 Pricing, USB 3.0 Products, USB 3.1, USB 3.10, USB Certification, USB IP, USB Only, USB Power, USB Power Delivery, USB Power, Mobile Phones, Tablets, USB-C, USB-IF


USB Type-C is Here – Are You Ready?

Dozens of products are now shipping with the USB Type-C connector, making it the fastest adopted USB-IF standard and likely to be in your next USB-enabled SoC. Read on to learn about implementing USB 3.1 and USB Type-C in SoCs and how DesignWare® USB IP can help you get your products to market faster.

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Posted in Type C, USB-C, USB-IF


The World’s First Demonstration of SuperSpeed InterChip (SSIC)

Synopsys worked with the USB-IF SSIC Working Group to develop a SSIC Proof of Concept demonstration. 

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Posted in FPGA-Based Prototyping, HSIC, Smartphone, SSIC, SuperSpeed USB, Synopsys USB Demonstration, USB Certification, USB Demonstration, USB Video, USB-IF


USB 3.0 Article from Ron Wilson at EDN

Ron Wilson, editor from EDN, recently published a very comprehensive article on USB 3.0. It includes insight from Synopsys as well as other notable companies such as SMSC, PLX Technology and TI. The article covers key areas that designers should understand when designing for USB 3.0 and consider when evaluating a USB 3.0 IP solution. But, more importantly, it reveals the critical implementation issues that are typically encountered only after they appear in the design process.  By understanding these issues ahead of time, it enables designers to better plan their USB 3.0 implementation.  And not coincidentally, these issues are addressed by the features in our USB 3.0 IP.

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Posted in USB 3.0, USB-IF


USB Won, Certified Wireless USB will Win. Really…

I agreed to do this blog because there is so little opinionated stuff debunking the debunkers of Wireless USB. Yes, I’m a USB chauvinist, and a Wireless USB chauvinist, but I understand how this stuff gets adopted and used.  At least in my own mind. 🙂

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Posted in Bluetooth, USB 2.0, USB Certification, USB-IF, UWB, WiFi