SmartHubs: The Smart Way For Interface Connectivity


SmartHub is now the smart way of connecting devices. In an initiative to drive device connectivity to the next level, Microchip has unveiled the industry’s first USB3.0 SmartHub based on its patented FlexConnect technology which provide SmartHub’s the unique ability to dynamically swap between a USB host and a USB device through hardware and/or software system commands giving the new USB host access to downstream resources. A SmartHub is basically a USB hub that integrates system level functions with a separate MCU or processor.

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According to the press release, “Microchip’s new USB3.0 USB5734 and USB5744 SmartHubs enable the upstream host controller to communicate to numerous types of external peripherals beyond the USB connection through direct bridging from USB to I2C, SPI, UART and GPIO interfaces. This integrated functionality can greatly reduce the complexity of system design by eliminating the need for additional external microcontroller, while providing improved control from the USB host hardware. The USB5734and USB5744USB3.0 controller hubs serve a wide range of applications in the computing, embedded, medical, industrial and networking markets.” Available in 56-pin, 7mm X 7mm package, the USB5744 is the industry’s smallest USB3.0 Hub for applications where board space is important mentions the release.


Laying emphasis on the newer development Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s USB and Networking Group said, “Microchip’s new SmartHubs is built on three generations of successful USB3.0 hubs, integrating more advanced functionality through additional communication interfaces, while our unique FlexConnect technology adds host port swapping and switching. The USB5734 and USB5744 simplify system design, reduce board area, are USB-IF logo certified and deliver Microchip’s proven USB hub interoperability.”

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Further, the media release also mentions that USB57X4 evaluation boards are also available and can contact the company representatives for more details. It also mentions that the EVB-USB5734 includes mezzanine cards that can be used as preset application configurations for easy testing and development of a USB5734 system.

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According to Microchip, USB5744 and USB5734 is available in 56 –pin QFN (7mm x 7mm) and 64-pin QFN (9 x 9) packages respectively in 10000 unit quantities.




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