Cypress Semiconductor Corp., a leading USB-C™ supplier, today announced the world’s first complete solution for USB-C to native HDMI® connections without adapters or converters. Based on Cypress EZ-PD™ USB-C controllers, the solution allows next-generation laptops, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and other HDMI-enabled sources with USB-C connectors to connect directly to HDMI-enabled displays, including HD and 4K televisions, using only a simple USB-C to HDMI cable. The EZ-PD controllers all now support HDMI Alternate Mode for USB Type-C™, along with USB Type-C standard support for audio, video and data protocols, as well as USB Power Delivery (PD) for fast charging.
All HD and 4K televisions include HDMI connections, but connecting non-HDMI-enabled source devices requires adapters or converters that do not enable all native HDMI features. With the Cypress HDMI Alternate Mode solution, source device manufacturers can now utilize native HDMI features via USB Type-C connectors.
Cypress’ EZ-PD CCG3 controller offers an unparalleled level of integration that minimizes bill-of-material costs and simplifies designs, replacing multiple discrete components with a single-chip solution. Cypress’s EZ-PD portfolio of USB-C controllers also includes CCG1, the world’s first programmable USB-C controller, CCG2, the market’s smallest programmable USB-C solution, and CCG4, the world’s first two-port USB-C solution. The EZ-PD portfolio was the first to support the latest USB PD 3.0 specification, which enables more robust end-to-end power delivery and charging solutions for laptop and mobile devices.
The USB Type-C standard is gaining rapid support with top-tier electronics manufacturers by enabling slim industrial designs, easy-to-use connectors and cables, and the ability to transmit multiple protocols and deliver up to 100W of power. The USB Type-C standard’s 2.4-mm-high connector plug is significantly smaller than the current 4.5-mm USB Standard-A connector.