Parade Technologies Ltd. has started to sample a low power USB 3.0 repeater/redriver IC that incorporates automatic adaptive equalization, which enhances signal integrity in system designs.
Parade is offering two versions of its bi-directional USB 3.0 repeater/redriver. The PS8710A uses a single 1.5V power supply; the PS8710B uses a single 3.3V power supply. According to Parade, the low-voltage PS8710A uses 30% less power in active mode than the most power efficient competing device. Both Parade repeater/redrivers support all USB 3.0 power management modes, which allow for standby and sleep modes when the device is not active.
Supports USB 3.0 at 5.0Gbps
Adaptive equalization for optimum performance
Low power consumption
Supports Low Frequency Periodic Signaling (LFPS) with fast LFPS enter/exit time
Supports full USB 3.0 power management
Automatic power saving mode
Supports hot plug through automatic receiver detection
Integrated 50O termination for Input and Output
Pin control and expanded feature I2C control mode
Programmable output de-emphasis levels
In-Line signal traces for flow-through PCB layout
24-pin TQFN RoHS package
0° to 85°C operating temperature range
ESD: Human Body Mode to 8 kV
4x4mm 24-pin TQFN package
Pricing: $1.50 /ea. in high volume.
Availability: Sampling now; production volumes will be available January 2011.
Can Actel / Atmel or Xilinx incorporate this physical layer inside their FPGA or some powerful micro controller? Once this is achieved, USB 3.0 will start getting adapted very fast in other low cost applications.
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