Microchip launches industry’s first semiportable hub USB 3.1 Gen1 with USB support-C

The range of the company Microchip Technology has expanded to a family of chips with the function of USB hub: USB58xx and USB59xx. According to the calculations of the manufacturer, the industry’s first semiportable hub USB 3.1 Gen1 with USB-C.

Hubs USB58xx and USB59xx can be used in docking stations, monitors, televisions, subscription consoles and peripheral devices for computers. The manufacturer notes that one chip instead of two Quad-port, as it was necessary still to receive the same number of ports, allows to simplify the scheme, to reduce size, power consumption and cost. Additionally, this is facilitated by proprietary technology Microchip SmartHub.

The advantages of the hub are referred the possibility of direct reversible USB connection-C using built-in multiplexers 2:1. In addition, the function PortSplitting allows you to use only the lines required for a particular internal connection.

Controllers USB59xx designed to connect only USB-C, USB58xx and on earlier versions of the interface. Both families, in addition to Power Delivery, support BC1.2 and many custom solutions available on the market.

The new hub is already available for order. USB58xx family includes four models in 100-pin packages QFN. Their wholesale price is from $4,50 apiece. The family USB59xx three models in 100-pin packages QFN. They cost from $4.75 per piece. Available varieties are designed for use in industrial automotive electronics.

Source: Microchip Technology

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