The USB-C specification makes USB interconnects more universally applicable, which standardises the interface setup of SMARC 2.0 embedded devices.
Congatec has rolled out its new SMARC 2.0 modules supporting USB-C connectivity.
The company initially implemented USB-C on its new conga-SA5 SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Module and the new evaluation carrier board conga-SEVAL. The USB-C specification makes USB interconnects even more universally applicable, which, in turn, standardises the interface setup of SMARC 2.0 based embedded devices, according to the company. System designers can use USB-C for standard peripherals from USB 3.1 to USB 1.0 and–a brand new option–for connecting displays or even the power supply to the system or peripheral devices, reducing cabling efforts to a single cable.
Its functionalities include data rates of up to 5Gbit/s and the alternate modes for Display Port 1.2 (DP-Alt) and USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) supporting a power envelope of up to 100W. All signals are simultaneously present at the point-symmetric female USB-C connector with 24 signal pins, according to Congatec. For the power modes, the solution supports all USB-PD modes as specified by the Universal Serial Bus Implementers Forum (USB-IF). Besides the USB 3.0 compliant mode with 5V and 1.5A, it can provide additional voltages of 12V and 15V with a maximum current of 3A and also 20V with 5A maximum current.
Based on Intel Atom, Celeron or Pentium processors, typical applications for SMARC 2.0 designs are handhelds and other mobile devices, in-vehicle devices and stationary embedded and IoT systems with low power and high performance demands.