USB Type-C reference design reduces cost and complexity

Simplifying USB connectivity development, a USB Type-C reference design reduces the cost and complexity of developing cables and cable adapters based on the specification, says Silicon Labs.

At Computex, the company showed its USB Type-C reference design with low power EFM8 microcontrollers, USB Power Delivery (PD) protocol stacks certified by the USB Implementation Forum (USB-IF), and USB Billboard Device source code.

The reference design makes it easy to communicate with legacy products that do not support USB-C, says the company. It is available to qualified developers at no charge. It includes schematics, software libraries and stacks, source code, code examples and access to Simplicity Studio development tools. , enabling developers to design USB-C cables and adapters quickly, easily and at minimal cost.

USB Type-C supports data speeds up to 10Gbit/s, and faster charging via USB Power Delivery (up to 100W). It also enables smaller form factors than previous generations of USB connectors. Users can charge device batteries, stream audio and video, and transfer data using a single USB-C cable. The slim USB-C connector features reversible plug and cable orientation, allowing for thinner product design in mobile devices, PCs, docking stations, monitors and consumer products.


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