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Ellisys outs USB Power Delivery protocol analyser

Posted: 20 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ellisys  protocol analyser  USB  SuperSpeed 

Ellisys has unleashed the USB Power Delivery capabilities on its protocol analyser/generator system. According to the firm, the USB Explorer 350 is intended for technology developers working on products employing features specified in the recently released USB Power Delivery specification, and as announced previously, also supports the SuperSpeed USB 10Gb/s (USB 3.1) specification. The device will play a vital role with USB Power Delivery developers by providing power and protocol characterization of silicon, software, and systems and by enabling active test capabilities to verify corner case communications, added the company.

"Developers building to the USB Power Delivery specification need advanced analytical tools to ensure their implementations meet the myriad requirements of that specification and to better assure both design performance and interoperability with other Power Delivery devices," stated Mario Pasquali, Ellisys president and CEO. "The Power Delivery support provided by the USB Explorer 350 is the first of its kind, and will be a crucial component in any lab where USB Power Delivery is being designed and tested."

USB Explorer 350

"The USB Power Delivery (USB PD) specification allows developers to design new technology solutions that will enable the maximum functionality of USB by providing more flexible power delivery along with data over a single cable. The specification expands cable bus power capabilities in USB applications, supplying higher voltage and current to deliver power up to 100 watts over USB PD certified cables," said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. "USB PD is capable of delivering higher power to charge tablets, Ultrabook devices and notebook PCs. It is also capable of powering external hard-disk drives -- devices which previously did not receive adequate power from traditional 5V bus power. There are endless possibilities for USB PD, but only products that successfully complete USB-IF testing and certification can ensure a seamless computing experience and earn the right to bear the new USB PD logo."

Initial shipments of the USB Explorer 350 with Power Delivery capabilities have been completed. New units are available depending on stock.

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