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USB Type-C: One Cable to Connect Them All, Etron Announces World’s Leading USB Type-C Switch IC:The EJ179, Supporting Speeds up to 10 Gbps


USB Type-C: One Cable to Connect Them All
Etron Announces World’s Leading USB Type-C Switch IC:
The EJ179, Supporting Speeds up to 10 Gbps
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(Hsin-Chu, Taiwan) Etron Technology, Inc. (Taiwan GTSM: 5351) unveils its latest USB Type-C Switch IC: the EJ179. The EJ179 can route USB 3.1 / USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 signal pairs, support the slim, reversible USB Type-C cable and connector, and is also capable of speeds up to 10 Gbps. The EJ179 is the first USB Type-C Switch IC on the market that can support such speeds and it will contribute to the adoption of the USB Type-C specification.

Consumers often have to check which way is the correct way to insert a USB connector into a USB receptacle. To solve this problem, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group defined the USB Type-C specification in August 2014. As more system manufacturers adopt the USB Type-C specification, it will become the de facto I/O standard throughout the industry.

Etron’s latest USB Type-C Switch IC, the EJ179, supports control signals for external power switches, allowing the reversible plug to work either right-side up or upside-down. As CC logic is integrated, the EJ179 reduces the number of components and PCB space occupied while meeting the USB Type-C specification requirements.

Etron’s EJ179 enables unprecedented speeds of 10 Gbps, supporting rapid transmission of data, files, audio and video. The EJ179 enables higher voltage and current, capable of supplying 3A at 5V, or 15W of power. The EJ179’s power and communication features will allow low-power-consumption devices such as phones to be powered via USB.

“The USB Implementers Forum is excited to see member companies like Etron contributing to the development of the USB Type-C ecosystem,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “The combination of SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps, USB Power Delivery and the new, slim USB Type-C cable and connector makes USB the ideal single-cable solution for every conceivable platform and device.”

“The USB Type-C specification supports high bandwidth, a new slim connector, and reversible plug orientation and cable direction, presenting IC designers with challenges in data and power signal transduction and detection. Having deep expertise in USB 3.0 technology, and having developed USB 3.0 physical layer (PHY) and controller IP and software know-how, Etron has overcome these challenges. The EJ179 supports the fastest speeds of 10 Gbps, enhances signal integrity performance, supports the new version of signal detection, and meets the requirements of data, video and power signal transmissions. Thus, Etron Technology demonstrates its pioneering advantage in USB technology, providing an innovative new product to system manufacturers who can seize the consumer market opportunity rapidly. All of Etron’s USB chips and its friendly, consolidated platform will help system manufacturers accelerate their development of USB Type-C products and achieve success together with Etron.” said Dr. Nicky Lu, Etron Technology Chairman & CEO.

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