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Cypress USB-C controller receives Quick Charge 4 Technology certification

Cypress Semiconductor has said that its EZ-PD CCG3PA USB-C controller has achieved Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 certification, enabling mobile phone chargers to deliver an improved fast charging user experience.

Quick Charge 4 supports USB Power Delivery (PD) 3.0. USB PD features programmable power supply (PPS), which provides fast and efficient charging by allowing smartphones to communicate with the charger and intelligently select the optimal voltage and current levels. Quick Charge 4 also adds various safety enhancements and is engineered to allow for charging without overheating.

Cypress’ programmable CCG3PA controller enables firmware upgradeability and the controller’s high level of integration reduces bill-of-material costs and simplifies designs, replacing multiple discrete components with a single-chip solution.

Programmable overvoltage and overcurrent circuitry is also included to protect systems against power overloads and other faulty operating conditions. The controller also integrates an Arm Cortex-M0 and 64KB Flash to support firmware upgradeability.

The product enables design of efficient USB-C power adapters for a wide range of applications including mobile phones, notebook PCs, tablets and consumer electronics.

The USB Type-C and Power Delivery standards are gaining support from top-tier electronics manufacturers as they enable slim industrial designs, easy-to-use connectors and cables, and the ability to transmit multiple protocols and deliver up to 100 Watts of power. The USB Type-C standard’s 2.4-mm-high connector plug is significantly smaller than the current 4.5-mm USB Standard-A connector.

Neil Tyler

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