Microchip Enables Feasible Implementation of Reversible-Plug Connector for USB Devices with UTC2000, USB-C

By CIOReview | Friday, October 9, 2015

CHANDLER, AZ: Microchip Technology, provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions annexes UTC2000, USB-C controller to its portfolio of USB devices. The new device enables designers of a wide range of applications incorporating the consumer, industrial and automotive markets to feasibly implement the radically updated USB-C connectorcost effectively, speeding time to market and minimizing bills of materials. Based in a 16-pin QFN package, the UTC2000 controller's small form factor makes it possible for USB-C connectors to be deployed in mobile applications.

The USB-C cable has the capacity to supply data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps and 100W of continuous power flow and ultra-high-bandwidth video capabilities transmitted through alternate modes within a single connection and cable.UTC2000 controller can be designed-in to any existing product to upgrade to USB Type-C. Holding up to 15W of power, the device is ideal for a wide range of applications in the consumer ( notebooks, printers and accessories, docking stations, mobile devices and battery chargers), industrial (computers and handheld devices) and automotive markets ( head units, break-out boxes and USB battery chargers), among others.It provides the system a way to detect a USB Type-CT cable is inserted or removed, detects which direction the cable is plugged in, and then controls the rest of the system to do its job. 

"Microchip is well known for its full complement of robust USB solutions, and we are excited to include support for the emerging USB-C standard at the entry-level market tier," says Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip's USB and Networking Group. "The UTC2000 controller allows our customers to easily add the new USB-C connector to their products, with minimal design time, resources and risk."