Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a low-cost, easy-to-use development platform that enables designers to add high-performance USB 3.0 throughput to virtually any system. The SuperSpeed Explorer Kit is based on Cypress’s programmable EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 peripheral controller, which offers flexibility to help address a broad range of applications.
The EZ-USB FX3 is currently the industry’s only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. It is equipped with a highly configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II allows FX3 to communicate directly with application processors, FPGAs, storage media, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate of up to 400 Megabytes per second, while using lower power than alternative solutions. The SuperSpeed Explorer Kit easily interfaces with external devices via three accessory boards that connect to Aptina image sensors, Altera FPGAs and Xilinx FPGAs, respectively. The kit also includes an integrated debugger with a standard USB interface to further simplify designs and speed time to market.
“With the unique programmability of Cypress’s FX3 solution, our SuperSpeed Explorer kit makes it easier and more cost-efficient than ever before for designers to add USB 3.0 to their next-generation products,” said Mark Fu, senior marketing director of the USB 3.0 Business Unit at Cypress.