Chip controls up to seven USB-C ports, and Power Delivery
- Release on:2018-07-10
It is called HX3PD, and aimed at notebook and tablet docking stations, monitor docks and multi-function USB-C peripherals.
“USB-C docks have been complex to design, requiring two USB hubs to support internal and external connections, a dedicated controller for every USB-C port that supports USB PD charging, along with a USB billboard and USB-C bridge controller to report operating status and connection failures,” said the firm.
“The HX3PD hub controller integrates the functionality of these chips and reduces footprint with a 12 by 12mm package.”
It is a seven-port 10Gbit/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub, and has two USB Type-C ports with USB PD 3.0 charging, and a dock management controller that supports USB Billboard functionality and secure firmware downloads.
Programmability allows adopters to keep pace with changes to the USB-C and USB PD specifications, and resolve inter-operability issues, and the firm is claiming that the configurable USB PHY is capable of improving USB signal quality.
Power Delivery allows up to 100W to be delivered to loads and the USB Type-C plug is 2.4mm high, compared with the 4.5mm of USB Standard-A – allowing slimmer products to be made.
Packaging is 192-ball BGA, and there is an eveluation board – see picture.
HX3PD is sampling now, and expected to be in production in the third quarter of 2018. HX3PD is available in a 192-ball BGA package.