The IC is the first two-port USB-C controller that supports the Thunderbolt alternate mode with Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 (Alpine Ridge) controllers. EZ-PD CCG5 enhances the plug-and-play USB-C user experience, while providing Bill-of-Material (BOM) integration with features such as built-in protection against shorts and electrostatic discharge. The controller increases the reliability of a system by integrating Flash memory that can store two firmware images for fail-safe boot. It offers the EZ-PD family’s trademark programmability to keep up with evolving industry standards.
The one-chip EZ-PD CCG5 solution minimizes bill-of-material costs for two USB-C ports by integrating 20V regulators, sideband (SBU) muxes, USB high-speed (HS) muxes, high-voltage power FET gate drivers, VBUS-short protection for configuration channel (CC) and SBU pins, dedicated hardware to protect the system against overvoltage, undervoltage and overcurrent fault conditions, and system-level electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.
As the USB Type-C standard continues to evolve, Cypress observes, compliance and interoperability pose an ongoing challenge, “but Cypress’ programmable EZ-PD controllers enable firmware upgradeability to keep up with changes and overcome interoperability issues. The EZ-PD CCG5 controller integrates an ARM Cortex-M0 and 128 kB Flash with read-while-write functionality for firmware upgradeability.”
The two-port EZ-PD CCG5 controller is now sampling in a 96-BGA (6 x 6 mm) package, and the one-port version is sampling in a 40-QFN (6 x 6 mm) package.