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Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard that defines cables, connectors and protocols for communication, connection and power delivery between computers and an ever-expanding range of mobile and fixed devices. USB standards are developed and maintained by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). To date, there have been four generations of USB specifications, and billions of devices have shipped with USB 1.0, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. The USB4™ specification, which was introduced in late 2019, promises much faster throughput and advanced capabilities for sharing a single high-speed link.

Created in the mid-1990s, USB has truly become universal and synonymous with the term “plug and play” over the ensuing years. It can now be found just about everywhere. Although best known as the technology that enables peripherals to connect to personal computers, USB functionality has expanded to enable power delivery of up to 100W of power to both hosts and devices, offer data rates to 10 Gbps and create on-board connections in embedded systems via the USB Hi-Speed Interchip Communication (HSIC) interface. With its time-tested protocol and a wide variety of class drivers, USB plays a key role in communications, human-interface devices, video streaming, printing, interior car designs, the Internet of Things (IoT) and a never-ending array of applications that intersect with our daily lives.

We are fully committed to USB and support the development of products which leverage all three vectors of USB’s evolutionary capabilities:

  • The migration from battery charging to power delivery
  • The symmetrical USB Type-C® interface
  • Data rates up to 10 Gbps

Typical USB Applications


Phone battery wireless charge sharing technology. Wireless charge sharing smartphone in the car in rainy weather

Automotive

  • Audio systems
  • Head units
  • Media hubs
  • On-board charging and power delivery
  • Telematics
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Computing

  • Docking stations
  • Expansion hubs
  • LCD monitors
  • Multi-function and 3D printers
  • PC motherboards
  • Storage drives
  • Webcams and microphones
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Personal Electronics

  • Gaming consoles
  • Digital SLR and 360° action cameras
  • Headsets
  • HDTVs
  • Home stereo equipment
  • Personal GPS navigation products
  • Portable media players
  • Set-top boxes
  • Smartphones
  • Video security systems
Point of Sale retail service computerised terminal in coffee shop. Touch screen tablet based with software interface for waiters with cash register and mobile print terminal.; Shutterstock ID 581306539

Industrial and Communications

  • Broadband modems
  • IP telephony hardware
  • Point-of-Sale (POS) systems
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Medical

  • Blood pressure meters
  • ECG machines
  • Glucose meters
  • Medical drug delivery pumps
  • Nebulizers
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Patient monitors

USB Products


We offer a comprehensive portfolio of products that can meet the requirements of adding USB connectivity to your design. These solutions include stand-alone hubs, USB Type-C Power Delivery (PD) controllers, bridges with Ethernet and media card support, switches and transceivers, graphics controllers and port power controllers. We also offer a variety of microcontrollers (MCUs) and Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) with integrated USB to help you create more engaging and easy-to-use products.

USB Hubs

Use these versatile and cost-effective USB-IF compliant USB port expansion solutions for a variety of applications ranging from Hi-Speed USB to 10 Mbps SuperSpeed USB.

USB-C® Power Delivery (PD) Controllers

Add support for USB 3.1 data transfers and up to 100W of power for faster battery charging times in portable devices.

USB Bridge Controllers

Implement an ultra-fast interface or security between a USB host controller and popular storage media or communications interfaces.

USB Switches and Transceivers

Enable a single port of connectivity and USB charging in mobile devices or add a USB transceiver to your design.

USB Graphics Controllers

Connect desktop and mobile PCs to multiple displays to enable high-speed streaming of high-definition video content and sharing of content.

USB Port Power Controllers

Enable battery charging using both newer and legacy portable device protocols in a single application.

Automotive USB Products

Discover how our automotive-qualified USB solutions will improve the user experience in your automotive design.

USB MCUs and DSCs

Choose from our scalable integrated USB solutions to add USB capability to your design.