USB4 retimer chip starts volume production

USB4 retimer chip starts volume production

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By Nick Flaherty

Swiss USB technology developer Kandou, one of the leading fabless chip startups in Europe, has started volume shipments of its USB4 retimer chips to PC customers and, importantly, secured foundry capacity and backend IC packaging and testing services to meet all 2022 customer requirements

The Matterhorn USB-C multiprotocol retimer chip with USB4 includes support for the latest high performance USB-C connectivity as well as legacy USB3.2, DisplayPort and Thunderbolt protocols for host and device applications.

The higher signal integrity in the design enables long channels across inexpensive PCB materials with low active power consumption of only 820mW, giving system designers the flexibility to optimize their USB4-enabled systems for improved battery life, reduced system costs and maximum data transfer. Raising funding and ensuring supply during the chip shortage has been a key part of the development of the next generation of high bandwidth interconnection chips for the consumer market.

“We correctly anticipated strong demand for Matterhorn more than a year ago,” said Frank Lavety, Kandou’s general manager. “By engaging with our tier 1 supply chain early, we worked hard to secure capacity commitments needed to support our customers’ volume requirements through 2022.”

Kandou has a strong IP portfolio that includes Chord signaling, adopted by the OIF and JEDEC standards organizations for interconnect technology that lower power consumption and improve the performance of chip links.

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