Two USB-PD solutions streamline power delivery

From Microchip come two new solutions that help simplify USB Type-C PD designs associated with implementing USB Type-C in a range of applications.

As one of the industry’s first USB-IF-certified USB 3.1 SmartHub devices with integrated support for power delivery (TID1212), the USB705x family enables fast device charging and introduces PD implementations called HostFlexing and PDBalancing.

The UPD301A is a standalone USB Type-C PD controller that helps simplify the implementation of basic USB Type-C PD charging functionality, suiting it to applications from rear seat charging in vehicles to portable equipment to public charging stations.

The two PD implementations assist in the user’s docking station experience by allowing all USB Type-C ports to function as the “notebook” port, eliminating the need for cryptic labels that try to explain overall functionality of each USB Type-C port.

PDBalancing provides a methodology for manufacturers to manage overall system power through centralised control, ultimately charging a number of PD enabled devices with less overall power.

For faster mobile device charging and data streaming, the USB705x family combines native support for USB Type-C PD with the 5 Gbps SuperSpeed data rates of USB 3.1.

Suitable for docks, PC monitors and automotive infotainment, the family, which consists of the USB7050, USB7051, USB7052 and USB7056, provides a range of USB configurations to meet varying PD and USB Type-C design needs. For example, the USB7050 supports three PD-enabled upstream and downstream USB Type-C ports, while the USB7056 provides only one upstream port alongside five traditional Type-A downstream ports.

The new hubs also support driver assistance applications that are available on all mobile handsets, allowing the graphical user interface of a phone to be displayed on a vehicle’s screen while simultaneously charging the mobile device.

The UPD301A provides a standalone solution for implementing USB Type-C PD charging in a variety of applications. The device supports both single and dual-port operation and uses a pin-configurable implementation for ease of use.

The USB705x and UPD301A come with a complete solution including the MPLAB Connect Configurator hub configuration tool, evaluation boards with schematics and Gerber files to reduce development time.

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