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USB-C controller promise to slash design time, cost

11 Sep 2015

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Microchip Technology Inc. has introduced the UTC2000 USB-C controller that promises to enable designers of applications in the consumer, industrial and automotive markets to simply and quickly implement the radically updated USB-C connector cost effectively. According to the company, the solution also cuts time to market and BOM.

UTC2000 USB-C controller

The USB-C cable is now poised to become the "universal" cable, as it is capable of supplying data transfer speeds of up to 10Gb/s, 100W of continuous power flow and ultra-high-bandwidth video capabilities made available through alternate modes, all with a single connection and cable. The UTC2000 controller supports up to 15W, suitable for a range of applications in the consumer (e.g., notebooks, printers and accessories, docking stations, mobile devices and battery chargers), industrial (computers and handheld devices) and automotive markets (e.g., head units, break-out boxes and USB battery chargers), among others, detailed the company.

The UTC2000 USB-C controller is supported by Microchip's UTC2000 Evaluation Kit (part EVK-UTC2000, $99.99), which is available. This kit enables designers to easily convert a traditional USB connector to type C for both UFP and DFP.

Housed in a 16-pin QFN package, the UTC2000 controller's small form factor also enables the deployment of USB-C connectors in mobile applications.

The UTC2000 USB-C controller is available for sampling and volume production for $0.61 each in 10,000-unit quantities.




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