Microchip Technology announced two new solutions designed to simplify USB Type-C PD for a range of applications.

The USB705x family is designed to enable fast device charging and introduce unique PD implementations called HostFlexing and PDBalancing. The UPD301A is a standalone USB Type-C PD controller intended to significantly simplify the implementation of basic USB Type-C PD charging functionality, making it ideal for applications from rear seat charging in vehicles to portable equipment to public charging stations.

The USB705x family includes two features to simplify USB Type-C PD implementations—HostFlexing and PDBalancing. HostFlexing simplifies the user’s docking station experience by allowing all USB Type-C ports to function as the “notebook” port, eliminating the need for cryptic labels that try and explain overall functionality of each USB Type-C port. PDBalancing provides a methodology for manufacturers to manage overall system power through centralized control, ultimately saving money for consumers by being able to charge a number of PD enabled devices with less overall power.

The USB705x family combines native support for USB Type-C PD with the 5 Gbps SuperSpeed data rates of USB 3.1. Ideal for docks, PC monitors, and automotive infotainment, the family—consisting of the USB7050, USB7051, USB7052, and USB7056— provides a range of USB configurations to meet varying PD and USB Type-C design needs. For example, the USB7050 supports three PD-enabled upstream and downstream USB Type-C ports, while the USB7056 provides only one upstream port alongside five traditional Type-A downstream ports. The new hubs also support driver assistance applications that are available on all mobile handsets, allowing the graphical user interface of a phone to be displayed on a vehicle’s screen while simultaneously charging the mobile device.

The UPD301A provides a standalone solution for implementing USB Type-C PD charging in a variety of applications. The device supports both single- and dual-port operation and uses a pin-configurable implementation that focuses on ease of use. The UPD301 enables solutions from charge-only to full data, video, and power management.