USB Type-C & power delivery – Getting started

What is USB Type-C?

USB Type-C is the latest standard. It enables reversible plug orientation and cable direction while leveraging small form factor connectors. Power capabilities have been extended up to 15W, allowing the source to dynamically manage current from 0.5A to 3.0A. Data speeds have been increased to 10Gbps. Beyond that, USB Power Delivery support enables negotiable power up to 100W. Additional capabilities such as the DisplayPortTM Alternate Mode and backward compatibility lift USB Type-C to the next level.

Browse the resources below for more detailed information.

Getting Started with USB Type-C This 3.5 minute video covers an introduction to the USB Type-C standard, and demonstrates how to understand the symmetry of pin assignments, as well as requirements for low and high power applications. Video
How to Select the Right USB Type-C Signal Switches There are two types of signal switches: USB, and USB plus video. Read more about both, and how to select the right device for your application. Blog
Improving Energy Efficiency By Converting from Type-A to Type-C As Type-C adoption grows, system definers are evaluating the pros and cons of converting their ports. This blog explains what to consider, using the examples of USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 data systems that are 5V only. Blog
Circuit Protection for USB Type-C As manufacturing companies move rapidly to introduce Type-C products, some end-users may use faulty or non-compliant accessories like cables or adaptors. This paper shares how these situations introduce risks to the end-equipment, and provides several considerations to ensure your system is protected from what it may encounter.  Whitepaper

USB Power Delivery

USB Power Delivery (PD) is a single-wire protocol leveraging new USB Type-C standard & cable. USB Type-C ports can be either a Source, Sink or both. PD negotiation allows devices to create a contract to deliver the optimum power level for each application. This protocol expands USB to deliver up to 100W (20V, 5A) of power. Data role capabilities are also enhanced as the PD protocol is used to negotiate data & video capabilities and direction. USB Type-C ports can be Upstream Facing Ports (UFP) transmits as a USB Device, Downstream Facing Ports (DFP) transmitting as a USB Host, or Dual Role Data Port (DRD) having capabilities of both UFP and DFP. Alternate Mode enables guest protocols such as DisplayPortTM.

Browse the resources below for more detailed information.

Introduction to USB Type-C and Power Delivery The introduction portion of this video is appropriate for someone with little to no knowledge of Type-C, however new power requirements for USB PD are discussed in detail. Video
A Primer on USB Type-C and Power Delivery Applications and Requirements This whitepaper explores the evolution of USB data, as well as the various power and data role requirements for multiple applications.  Whitepaper
Alternate Mode: Going Beyond USB  Learn how to enable alt-mode and high-quality data and video with a 10G linear redriver switch.  Whitepaper
Fully Integrating your USB Type-C Power Path This short CES demo video showcases several TI solutions for source and sink applications and also quickly explains the “fast role swap” feature. Video
How to Properly Evaluate Type-C and PD Products with TI’s Current Generation EVM The TPS6598x based series of EVMs are the only evaluation modules on the market for
fully integrated PD controllers. Read more for instructions on how to utilize
default configurations, configuration options and more to start your desired
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