USB smart hubs for swapping, bridging, and serial communication interfaces
Microchip Technology’s USB5734 and USB5744 are USB3.0 smart hubs designed to enable host and device port swapping, I/O bridging, and other serial communication interfaces. They feature an integrated microcontroller that enables functionality for USB hubs while reducing costs and reducing software complexity. The USB5734 and USB5744 are designed for applications in the computing, embedded, medical, industrial and networking markets.
Both hubs are USB-IF logo certified and feature best-in-class signal integrity enabling more robust PCB designs and reducing sensitivities to cable, connector and layout variations. The smart hubs enable the upstream host controller to communicate to numerous types of external peripherals beyond the USB connection through direct bridging from USB to I2C, SPI, UART, and GPIO interfaces. This integrated functionality is designed to reduce the complexity of system design by eliminating the need for additional external microcontroller. System developers can configure ports and choose application settings with low-cost resistor bootstraps. If more advanced functionality is required, the USB5734/44 can be configured and programmed with Microchip’s configuration tool, ProTouch2.
Microchip Technology Inc.
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