- February 27, 2019
February 27, 2019 -- Microchip Technology announced an automotive-qualified USB 3.1 Gen1 SmartHub IC. To support the rising adoption of USB Type-C in the smartphone market and enable universal connectivity in vehicles, the USB7002 SmartHub IC includes interfaces for USB Type-C connectors.
The 5 Gbps SuperSpeed data rates of USB 3.1 make it suited for applications that require gigabit speeds for faster data streaming, data download and in-vehicle communication. The USB7002 also is suited for vehicles that have integrated 4K dash cams.
The USB7002 combines USB 3.1 technology with the USB Type-C. The USB7002 enables direct USB Type-C connections through native Configuration Channel (CC) pin interfaces and integrated 2:1 multiplexers that support the reversible connection feature of the USB Type-C connector. To support the driver assistance applications that are now standard on all mobile handsets, the SmartHub ICs also include Microchip’s FlexConnect technology, which provides the ability to swap between a USB host and USB device. The SmartHub ICs also feature multi-host end-point reflector technology, which enables USB data to be mirrored between two USB hosts. These fundamental features enable the graphical user interface of a phone to be displayed on the vehicle’s screen and integrate with voice commands inside the car, while simultaneously charging the mobile device. This allows consumers to use their mobile devices while driving, providing a way to make calls, send messages and get directions while focusing on the road.
The USB7002 IC comes with a complete solution including the MPLAB Connect Configurator hub configuration tool, evaluation boards with schematics and gerbers. Microchip’s USBCheck services allow manufacturers to verify designs and layouts prior to sending out a PCB for manufacturing.