Type-C USB For Sleek Devices And Low Power Applications


Manufacturers can now develop thinner, sleeker devices that consume less system power for better energy efficiency with the help new comprehensive portfolio of USB Type-C solutions from Fairchild. USB Type-C is the latest and the most advanced USB connector. Using a plug and socket slightly larger than Micro USB, Type C was designed to eventually replace all existing USB connectors, including A, B, Mini and Micro.

According to the press release, the Fairchild’s USB Type-C solutions meet a wide variety of application requirements to give manufacturers freedom of choice and flexibility in selecting the device with the best mix of capabilities for their product. The basic features exhibited by USB Type-C includes detection, orientation and device type (Dual Role Port, Downstream Facing Port, and Upstream Facing Port), while others support more advanced functionality that include data role swap, power role swap, hard reset, soft reset, active cable support, Vendor Defined Messaging (VDM) packet transmission and high power charging up to 100W. Fairchild’s USB Type-C solutions use an I2C interface to communicate with the application’s host processor for control and command, negating the need for an integrated microprocessor as mentioned in the release..

The new USB Type-C solutions give manufacturers more flexibility in size constrained designs as it provides an easier way to integrate into product designs due to their small footprint.  In particular, the FUSB302 comes in a miniscule 1.2 mm x 1.3 mm WLCSP package.

Further in an interview, Jin Zhao, Sr. Director, Product Line Business Management at Fairchild said, “Relative to competing solutions that can consume up to 10x more power, Fairchild’s USB Type-C solutions portfolio leads the industry in both low power consumption and small size, two critical requirements in today’s increasingly small and thin battery-powered devices. Manufacturers are already taking advantage of Fairchild’s USB Type-C solutions to ship products that meet the new standard, including the maker of the world’s first USB Type-C smartphone


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