Industry’s 1st Automotive USB 3.1 Type-C Enables 10x Faster Data Rates


5 Gbps SmartHub IC meets the increasing connectivity needs of today’s smartphone market

Microchip Technology Inc. announced an automotive-qualified USB 3.1 Gen1 SmartHub IC, offering up to 10 times faster data rates over existing USB 2.0 solutions and reducing indexing times to improve the user experience in vehicles.

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.


As automotive manufacturers continue to add more functions to vehicles and integrate with mobile phone applications, the role of USB for reliable data transfers requires robust functionality and faster transfer speeds.

The USB7002 combines the benefits of USB 3.1 technology with the rising popularity of USB Type-C.

Key Features

  • Enables direct USB Type-C connections through native Configuration Channel (CC) pin interfaces and integrated 2:1 multiplexers.
  • 5 Gbps SuperSpeed ensures higher bandwidth and maximum functionality .
  • Download time for large videos reduced.

The SmartHub ICs also include Microchip’s patented FlexConnect technology, which provides the unique ability to dynamically swap between a USB host and USB device. The SmartHub ICs also feature patented 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.


The USB7002-I/KDXVA0 is AEC-Q100 Grade 3 qualified and available now starting at US$ 4.05 in volume production quantities.

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