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Automotive USB Type-C and Power Delivery

USB-C and Power Delivery in Vehicles

As more consumer devices (such as phones, tablets and laptops) support USB-C and Power Delivery, the need for USB-C and Power Delivery ports in cars is increasing. Consumers will soon be able to fast-charge all their devices (including laptops and tablets) over USB-C, as well as enable new features such as smart mirroring for rear seat entertainment.

Automotive USB-C applications

Automotive Features

EZ-PD CCGx Automotive are families of programmable, highly integrated Type-C and PD controllers targeted towards intelligent, in-vehicle charger ports (head units, rear seat chargers and rear seat entertainment). Cypress' Automotive controllers are fully AECQ-100 qualified and enable OEMs to implement smart features including:

  • Dynamic load sharing between ports
  • Support for USB Power Delivery 3.0 including PPS as well as legacy protocols (BC 1.2, QC 2.0/3.0/4.0+, Apple Charging, Samsung AFC)
  • Single chip solution for systems with Type-C + Type-A (with CCG3PA Automotive)
  • Smart communication to media hubs in head unit
  • Support for Alternate Modes (DisplayPort) for read seat entertainment systems
  • Cable compensation to account for designs with pigtails
  • Smart power management, with thermal- and VIN-based power throttling
  • Programmability enabling customization such as port priority, LED controls etc.
  • Flash upgradability to keep up with latest USB Power Delivery standards

USB-C Highlights

  • Brand new reversible connector, measuring only 2.4-mm in height
  • Compliant with USB Power Delivery 2.0, providing up to 100 W
  • Double the bandwidth of USB 3.0, increasing to 10 Gbps with SuperSpeed+ USB3.1
  • Combines multiple protocols in a single cable, including DisplayPort™, PCIe® or Thunderbolt™

For more information on USB-C technology and its applications, please watch the training video available here. This training video explains the technological advances introduced with the new USB IF’s USB-C Specification. It also shows how USB-C can be designed into practical products. The four applications covered in this video are: host design, cable design, peripheral design and power adapter design. Working prototype of Reference Designs are presented for each application area along with design and debug tools.   

USB 3.1 Spec (including Type-C)

USB Power Delivery


Automotive Type-C Product Families

EZ-PD™ CCG2 Automotive: Automotive USB Type-C and Power Delivery Port Controller

EZ-PD™ CCG3PA Automotive: Industry's Most Integrated Type-C Port Controller for Automotive Charger Ports

Table: CCGx Feature Comparison at a Glance

Features CCG2 Automotive CCG3PA Automotive
Number of Type-C+PD ports 1 1
Integrated Arm Cortex M0 MCU at 48 MHz Yes Yes
Memory (Flash, SRAM) 32KB, 4KB 64KB, 8KB
Number of Type-C Ports 1 1
VBUS Short protection to CC and SBU pins No Yes
Serial Communication Blocks (I2C/SPI/UART) 2 2
Support for PPS (QC 4.0) spec No Yes
Total GPIOs 14 12
Integrated 20V VBUS NFET/PFET Gate Drivers No 2 (PFET)
Integrated VBUS Discharge Drivers No Yes
VBUS Powered No 30 V
Supply Voltage 2.7 – 5.5 V 2.7 – 21.5 V
Integrated ADCs for OVP and OCP detection 1 ch 8-bit SAR 2 ch 8-bit SAR
Dedicated VBUS OCP & OVP No Yes
BC 1.2, Apple Charging, QC3.0, AFC No Yes
ESD Protection ±8-kV Contact, ±15-kV Air Yes Yes
Package 24-QFN 24-QFN (Wettable Flanks)
Availability (Samples, Production) Now Now, Q119
EZ-PD™ CCG3PA Automotive is Cypress' highly integrated USB Type-C and Power Delivery 3.0 controller for in-vehicle charger ports, supporting PPS and legacy charging.
EZ-PD™ CCG2 Automotive is Cypress' first AECQ-100 USB Type-C and Power Delivery 2.0 controller for in-vehicle charger ports.

CY4532 EZ-PD™ CCG3PA Evaluation Kit:

The EZ-PD™ CY4532 CCG3PA Evaluation Kit (EVK) is based on the CCG3PA product family (CYPD37xx) of Cypress's USB Type-C controller with Power Delivery for Power Adapters, Power Bank, Car Chargers.

Price: $259.00

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CY4521 EZ-PD™ CCG2 Evaluation Kit:

The CY4521 EZ-PD CCG2 Evaluation Kit is used to emulate a USB Type-C Host system. This kit features a Type-C host board along with a CCG2 daughter card.

Price: $199.00

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CY4521 EZ-PD™ CCG2 Evaluation Kit

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CY4500 EZ-PD™ Protocol Analyzer:

The CY4500 EZ-PD™ Protocol Analyzer records traffic passively on the Configuration Channel (CC) and allows user to analyze and debug USB Power Delivery communication.

Price: $199.00

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CY4500 EZ-PD™ Protocol Analyzer

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Cypress has developed Automotive Type-C reference designs using CCGx to help reduce your design cycle time, effort and risk. Each reference design has been built and tested.

Applications CCG2 Automotive CCG3PA Automotive
2x60W Charge-only Port - Available (MPS)
2x100W Charge-only Port - Available (MPS)

To view Cypress' non-automotive reference designs, please visit this page.

Please submit a case in the Online Tech Support Case System for any further information.