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Dev't platform speeds up USB 3.0 designs

10 Sep 2014

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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has unveiled what it describes as a low-cost, easy-to-use development platform that allows designers to add high-performance USB 3.0 throughput to virtually any system. The SuperSpeed Explorer Kit, available for $49 online, is based on Cypress' programmable EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 peripheral controller that offers the flexibility to address a broad range of applications.

EZ-USB FX3 is the industry's only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. It is equipped with a highly configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF II), which can be programmed in 8, 16 and 32bit configurations. GPIF II allows FX3 to communicate directly with application processors, FPGAs, storage media and image sensors, and provides a data transfer rate of up to 400MB/s, while using lower power than alternative solutions. The SuperSpeed Explorer Kit easily interfaces with external devices via three accessory boards that connect to Aptina image sensors, Altera FPGAs and Xilinx FPGAs, respectively. The kit also includes an integrated debugger with a standard USB interface to further simplify designs and speed time to market.

SuperSpeed Explorer Kit

Cypress will also be giving away advance copies of the book "SuperSpeed Device Design by Example" by USB expert John Hyde. The book provides a practical approach to designing and implementing SuperSpeed USB peripherals and includes a series of examples using the SuperSpeed Explorer Kit.

In addition to FX3, Cypress will feature other solutions from its USB 3.0 portfolio that include the USB-IF Certified, 4-port EZ-USB HX3 USB 3.0 hub controller, which offers robust interoperability, support for Battery Charging v1.2 and Apple charging standards, and full configurability aimed at docking stations, monitors, Ultrabook devices, digital TVs, set-top boxes, printers and servers; the EZ-USB CX3 camera controller, which enables developers to add USB 3.0 to image sensors supporting the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Camera Serial Interface Type 2 (CSI-2) standard, providing four CSI-2 data lanes with speed up to 1Gb/s per lane and supports uncompressed video streams; and the EZ-USB FX3S RAID-on-Chip controller, which integrates storage host controllers that enable developers to add support for SD/eMMC memories and SDIO devices to their system.

EZ-USB FX3 provides SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity to virtually any system. The on-chip ARM9 CPU core with 512KB RAM delivers 200 MIPS of computational power and is available for applications that require local data processing. Additionally, FX3 provides SPI, UART, I2C and I2S interfaces to connect to serial peripherals. In short, FX3 provides highly flexible and integrated features that enable developers to add USB 3.0 connectivity to any system.

EZ-USB FX3 is in volume production and is available in two packages: a 121-ball BGA (10 x 10mm) and a space saving 131-ball wafer-level chip scale package (WLCSP) with dimensions of 4.7 x 5.1mm.

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