Microchip's new Smart Hub with FlexConnect broadens application space of USB 3.0 Hubs

Top Quote New USB 3.0 Smart Hub family reduces system BOM and design complexity. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 06, 2015 - New Delhi [NASDAQ: MCHP] - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced from Computex Taipei the first USB 3.0 Smart Hub that enable host and device port swapping, I/O bridging, and various other serial communication interfaces. The USB5734 and USB5744 feature an integrated microcontroller, that enables new functionality for USB hubs while lowering overall BOM costs and reducing software complexity. The USB5734/44 family is USB-IF logo certified (TID 330000058) and features best-in-class signal integrity enabling more robust PCB designs and reducing sensitivities to cable, connector and layout variations.

    To learn more about Microchip's USB5734 and USB5744, visit http://www.microchip.com/USB5734-Page-060215a. And, view a brief presentation, here: http://www.microchip.com/USB5734-USB5744-Press-Presentation-060215a

    A Smart Hub is a USB hub that integrates system-level functions typically associated with a separate MCU or processor. Microchip's new USB 3.0 Smart hubs 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.

    Microchip's patented FlexConnect technology provides the USB5734 Smart Hub 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. This same FlexConnect technology can also switch common downstream resources between two different USB hosts. Incorporating FlexConnect into a system simplifies the overall software requirements of the primary host, as class drivers and application software stay local to the Device-turned-Host.

    System developers can easily configure ports and choose application settings with low-cost resistor bootstraps. If more advanced functionality is required, the USB5734/44 can be configured and programmed with Microchip's configuration tool, ProTouch2.

    The USB5734 and USB5744 USB 3.0 controller hubs serve a wide range of applications in the computing, embedded, medical, industrial and networking markets. Examples of end applications include HDTV, tablets, notebooks, eReaders, cameras, docking stations, monitors, handheld devices, point-of-sale equipment, ATMs, set-top boxes, break-out boxes, motion sensors, among others. Available 56-pin, 7 X 7mm package, the USB5744 is the industry's smallest USB 3.0 Hub for applications where board space is important.

    "Microchip's new Smart Hubs build on three generations of successful USB 3.0 hubs, integrating more advanced functionality through additional communication interfaces, while our unique FlexConnect technology adds host port swapping and switching," said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip's USB and Networking Group. "The USB5734 and USB5744 simplify system design, reduce board area, are USB-IF logo certified and deliver Microchip's proven USB hub interoperability."

    Development support
    The USB5734 and USB5744 are supported by Microchip's USB 3.0 Controller Hub Evaluation Board (part # EVB-USB5734) and USB 3.0 Small Form Factor Controller Hub Evaluation Board (part # EVB-USB5744) which are available today. The EVB-USB5734 includes mezzanine cards that can be used as preset application configurations for easy testing and development of a USB5734 system.

    Availability
    The USB5734 is available today for sampling and volume production in 64-pin QFN (9 x 9 mm) packages in 10,000-unit quantities. The USB5744 is available today for sampling and volume production in 56-pin QFN (7 x 7 mm) packages in 10,000-unit quantities. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's website athttp://www.microchip.com/USB5734-Page-060215a. To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip's authorised distribution partners.

    About Microchip Technology
    Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/Homepage-060215a.

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