Goodbye, Barrel Connector. Hello, USB Type-C: Cypress Semi at Computex Taipei 2019

June 12, 2019

Goodbye, Barrel Connector. Hello, USB Type-C: Cypress Semi at Computex Taipei 2019

Compared to barrel connectors, newer technologies such as USB Power Delivery (USB PD) enable faster, higher wattage power delivery anyway, while also being standardized over the USB Type-C interface.

The bane of power connectors is the lack of interoperability, especially between the ever-popular barrel connectors. Now, newer technologies such as USB Power Delivery (USB PD) enable faster, higher wattage power delivery anyway, while also being standardized over the USB Type-C interface.
 
USB PD over Type-C has other advantages, too: Costs can be reduced because most consumers will already have a compatible charger and cable; electronic waste can also be minimized because fewer incompatible chargers will be produced.
 
But how do developers start taking advantage of the technology today? Mark Fu, Senior Director of Marketing at Cypress Semiconductor, has a solution in the form of the EZ-PD Barrel Connector Replacement (BCR) chip and associated development kit. Learn how you can prototype modern power delivery, even on existing products.
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