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Cypress Enables USB-C Proliferation in Notebook and Desktop PCs with Market’s First Two-port USB-C Controller with Thunderbolt™ 3 Support | Cypress Semiconductor

Cypress Enables USB-C Proliferation in Notebook and Desktop PCs with Market’s First Two-port USB-C Controller with Thunderbolt™ 3 Support

Last Updated: June 06, 2017

Programmable, Highly-integrated EZ-PD™ CCG5 Controller Allows Designers to Easily Add Thunderbolt Alternate Mode and USB Power Delivery 3.0 to USB-C Ports in the PC Ecosystem

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 6, 2017—Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY), the market leader in USB-C, today announced availability of a new USB-C controller with Power Delivery (PD) optimized for Thunderbolt™ notebook and desktop PCs, as well as docking stations. The EZ-PD™ CCG5 controller is the industry’s first two-port USB-C controller that supports the Thunderbolt alternate mode with Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 (Alpine Ridge) controllers. EZ-PD CCG5 enhances the plug-and-play USB-C user experience, while providing Bill-of-Material (BOM) integration with features such as built-in protection against shorts and electrostatic discharge. The highly integrated controller increases the reliability of a system by integrating Flash memory that can store two firmware images for fail-safe boot. It offers the EZ-PD family’s trademark programmability to keep up with evolving industry standards. More information on the EZ-PD CCG5 controller is available at http://www.cypress.com/ccg5.

“The world’s leading PC makers have been closely monitoring the maturity of USB-C controllers to bring all of the universal connectivity and fast charging benefits of the standard to their customers,” said Ajay Srikrishna, vice president of Cypress’ Wired Connectivity Business Unit. “Our new EZ-PD CCG5 controller is optimized to enable the broad scale proliferation of USB-C in desktop and notebook PCs, as well as docking stations, and has already earned multiple design wins with top tier PC OEMs.”

The one-chip EZ-PD CCG5 solution minimizes bill-of-material costs for two USB-C ports by integrating 20V regulators, sideband (SBU) muxes, USB high-speed (HS) muxes, high-voltage power FET gate drivers, VBUS-short protection for configuration channel (CC) and SBU pins, dedicated hardware to protect the system against overvoltage, undervoltage and overcurrent fault conditions, and system-level electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. 

As the USB Type-C standard continues to evolve, compliance and interoperability pose an ongoing challenge, but Cypress’ programmable EZ-PD controllers enable firmware upgradeability to keep up with changes and overcome interoperability issues. The EZ-PD CCG5 controller integrates an ARM® Cortex®-M0 and 128KB Flash with read-while-write functionality for firmware upgradeability.

Product Availability

The two-port EZ-PD CCG5 controller is now sampling in a 96-BGA (6x6 mm) package, and the one-port version is sampling in a 40-QFN (6x6 mm) package. The controller will be in production in the third quarter of 2017. More information on Cypress’ USB Type-C and PD solutions is available at www.cypress.com/Type-C.

Cypress EZ-PD CCG5 USB-C Controller

About Cypress’ EZ-PD Portfolio

In addition to CCG5, Cypress’ EZ-PD portfolio of USB-C controllers includes CCG1, the world’s first programmable USB-C controller, CCG2, the market’s smallest programmable USB-C solution, CCG3, the market’s most integrated programmable USB-C solution, CCG4, the world’s first two-port USB-C solution, and CCG3PA, the market’s most highly-integrated programmable USB-C controller optimized for USB-C power sources. The EZ-PD portfolio was the first to support the latest USB PD 3.0 specification, which enables more robust end-to-end power delivery and charging solutions for laptop and mobile devices.

The USB Type-C standard is gaining rapid support with top-tier electronics manufacturers by enabling slim industrial designs, easy-to-use connectors and cables, and the ability to transmit multiple protocols and deliver up to 100W of power. The USB Type-C standard’s 2.4-mm-high connector plug is significantly smaller than the current 4.5-mm USB Standard-A connector.

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About Cypress

Cypress is the leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world’s most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress’ programmable systems-on-chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analog ICs, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing customers with the best support and engineering resources on the planet enabling innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers to disrupt markets and create new product categories in record time. To learn more, go to www.cypress.com.

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