To USB or Not to USB

We’ve just returned from USB Developers Days in Vancouver, B.C. Another day on USB Authentication and USB Power Delivery. More importantly, USB Type-C is here. That means lots of cables: Here’s the ones that can think of USB 2.0 only USB 3.x USB supporting Alt-Mode like DP USB Power Only Different power ratings Power plus […]

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So it’s Saturday night at 11pm  (now 1145ish) and I’ve not blogged for several weeks so it’s time. I visited China recently, and gave my card to (undisclosed) at (undisclosed) in the city of (undisclosed), China. The engineer looked at my card (which has my picture), looked at me, then looked at me, then looked […]

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Synopsys earned the first ever certification of a USB 3.1 Host IP Solution. Most likely this is the first and only in the universe.   First again…after first with certified: USB 3.1 Device IP Solution USB 3.0 Host IP Solution USB 3.0 Device IP Solution USB 2.0 Host IP Solution USB 2.0 Device IP Solution And […]

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As I’ve been reading about Robots replacing Humans in a variety of caregiving tasks. I’ve been thinking about the Make vs. Buy decisions our customers make about IP. Literally, companies (like car companies) replaced thousands of autoworkers with robots. This put many manual laborers out of jobs. It created a shed load of jobs building […]

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Siri lied to me More on that later   Fabulous USB 3.1 PHY Margins https://youtu.be/ljgURfJwh4g Today, we talk about our superb USB 3.1 PHY. It’s superb for a number of reasons. Reasons you will be bored with. So lets focus on the one that matters: Margin. Keysight, a maker of fine PHY analyzers, said to […]

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Robots and USB (still mostly Robots) “Pepper, an ivory-colored android about the height of a seven-year-old, can detect and respond to human emotions via vocal cues and facial expressions. It has already been deployed as a friendly assistant in Japanese stores and homes. MERA, specifically designed as an at-home companion for the elderly, records and […]

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We love robots in California. High School Students build  robots (using metal lathes) and program them for complex tasks.   In our public high schools in Silicon Valley, they compete regularly (and win) against teams around the country.  Click on the links and you’ll see teams of girls and boys. Palo Alto: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/22/palo-alto-gunn-robotics-team-advances-to-championship/ Leland: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/02/leland-high-team-aces-international-robotics-contest/ Mountain […]

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Cars vs Trains and sometimes planes A few weeks ago I talked to my friend about high speed trains. He thinks they are cool, but super expensive. I think they are cool, necessary, and obsolete. I think their obsolete because robot cars and Uber/Lyft robot cars will make high speed trains difficult to justify in […]

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DisplayPort became a associated USB when USB Type-C was launched. The Type-C connector provides additional pin/signals/wires to run  simultaneous lanes of more data.  The additional lanes are called Alternate Mode or “Alt-Mode” for short.  It is possible to run both USB on the USB lines and and DisplayPort in Alt Mode. The physical connector as […]

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” —Vivian Greene   Our customers, our sales people seem to think at times that because USB is so easy to use, it’s easy to implement. It is not easy. For USB Simulation Verification – The solution space (the […]

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