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Block Diagram - USB 3.0 HD Video Streaming

Design Considerations
For HD video cameras, compression and buffering components are costly, and consumes a large amount of BOM space. EZ-USB FX3 General Purpose Peripheral USB 3.0 controller could help solve their problems by eliminating the compression and buffering and allowing them to transmit HD 1080p60fps video over the 5 Gbps USB 3.0 standard.

Since video cameras come in multiple image sensors, different resolutions and frame rates, having a controller that was flexible and could communicate with literally any sensor or Image Sensor Processing (ISP) FPGA was a necessity. The FX3 has a x32, 100 MHz General Programmable Interface (GPIF) that can configure its timing to meet that of an Image Sensor or FPGA.

FX3 has a very robust whole product support package, including many relevant Application Notes, Videos, DVK with gerbers, schematics and ORCAD models, and a Software Development Kit that comes complete with 15+ example projects that closely mirror customer SW in a streaming video environment. The GPIF II Designer software is a Graphical User Interface that allows customers to adapt the GPIF timing to meet that of an FPGA or image sensor. This tool is easy-to-use and helps expedite and simplify the FX3 design in process.

Application Notes

AN65974 - Designing with the EZ-USB® FX3™ Slave FIFO Interface
AN65974 describes the synchronous Slave FIFO interface of EZ-USB FX3. The hardware interface and configuration settings for the FLAGs are described in detail with examples.

AN68829 - Slave FIFO Interface for EZ-USB® FX3™: 5-Bit Address Mode
AN68829 discusses the asynchronous and synchronous Slave FIFO interfaces for the EZ-USB® FX3™ SuperSpeed USB controller. This application note also describes the mode in which the interface supports a 5-bit address bus and lets you access all 32 internal sockets of EZ-USB FX3.

AN70707 - EZ-USB® FX3™/FX3S™ Hardware Design Guidelines and Schematic Checklist
This application note discusses recommended practices for EZ-USB® FX3™/FX3S™ hardware design and the critical items that a developer must consider. The Cypress EZ-USB FX3 is the next generation USB 3.0 peripheral controller. With its highly integrated and flexible features, developers can add USB 3.0 functionality to any system. All recommendations apply to FX3 and FX3S, unless specifically mentioned otherwise.

AN75432 - USB 3.0 EZ-USB® FX3™ Orientation

AN75705 - Getting Started with EZ-USB® FX3™
AN75705 gets you started with the Cypress EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 device controller. This note highlights key FX3 features and applications while providing signposts along the way to various design resources to help with FX3 development.

AN76348 - Differences in Implementation of EZ-USB® FX2LP™ and EZ-USB FX3 Applications
AN76348 describes the differences between the implementation of applications based on EZ-USB FX2LP™ and EZ-USB FX3™.

AN76405 - EZ-USB® FX3™ Boot Options
This application note describes the boot options - over USB, I2C, SPI, and synchronous Address Data Multiplexed (ADMux) interfaces - available for the Cypress EZ-USB® FX3™ peripheral controller

Development Kits/Boards

EZ-USB® FX3™ Development Kit (CYUSB3KIT-001)
The Cypress EZ-USB® FX3™ Development Kit (DVK) is a combination of hardware, software, and documentation that enables customers to evaluate the FX3 device. The development kit uses the FX3 production silicon. Cypress's software utilities and example firmware allow developers to prototype custom FX3 designs in hours, not weeks!


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Software and Drivers

EZ-USB® FX3™ Software Development Kit
Cypress delivers the complete software and firmware stack for FX3 in order to easily integrate all USB applications in the embeded system environment. The software development kit comes with application examples which help accelerating application development.

GPIF™ II Designer
The GPIF II Designer is a graphical software that allows designers to configure the GPIF II interface of the EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 Device Controller.

Spec No: None; Sunset Owner: MARF; Secondary Owner: STVC; Sunset Date: 06/15/20