Chandler, Ariz. − Microchip Technology Inc. has claimed the industry's first programmable USB port power controllers for active connectors and 12-W charging. The new devices include the three-member UCS100X family, which offers advanced USB-based charging capabilities for designing host devices, such as laptops, tablets, monitors, docking stations and printers, as well as AC-DC power supply and charging products including wall adapters.
The USB port power controllers—the UCS1001-3, UCS1001-4 and UCS1002-2—are an expansion of Microchip's UCS1001 and UCS1002 series, offering higher current and priority charging for smartphones and tablets. The UCS100X family also added support for active cables, such as the Apple Lightning connector, along with 12W charging.
The UCS100X devices can support future USB product designs using a method for detecting and creating charging emulation profiles. This allows designers to update their systems as new products are introduced, while providing compatibility with a wider range of existing products, said Microchip.
The UCS1002-2 features a built-in current sensor for wider charging compatibility at higher currents that can report on the amount of charging current. This allows a system to optimize its charging current and appropriately allocate power, said Microchip.
The UCS100X family is supported by Microchip's new UCS1001-3/4 evaluation board (Part # ADM00540) and UCS1002-2 evaluation board (Part # ADM00497).
Availability: The UCS1001-3, UCS1001-4 and UCS1002-2 are available now for sampling in a 20-pin QFN package.
Pricing: Starts at $0.90 each for the UCS1001-3, UCS1001-4 and UCS1002-2 in quantities of 5,000. The UCS1001-3/4 evaluation board (Part # ADM00540) is priced at $24.99, and the UCS1002-2 evaluation board (Part # ADM00497) is priced at $90.00. To purchase products, visit microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip's authorized distribution partners.