The Cypress EZ-USB FX3 Controller

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Adding USB 3.0 compatibility and power to your many devices and hardware is a dream of many. If it’s yours then you’re going to appreciate Cypress’ new product release. The company has recently introduced the first USB 3.0 peripheral controller in the market that has the ability to install USB 3.0 into any system of your choice. The peripheral controller is known as the EZ-USB FX3 SuperSpeed USB Controller. One other unique feature of the Cypress EZ-USB FX3 is the fact that it’s the only USB 3.0 peripheral control out in the market that you can program to your heart’s content.

Cypress claims the EZ-USB FX3 as part of the next-generation of USB 3.0 peripheral controllers in the market. It mainly targets developers looking to get a highly customizable controller on their hands. And the EZ-USB FX3 is just that. The USB 3.0 peripheral controller has a General Programmable Interface (GPIF II) that can be linked to a processor, an image sensor, an application-specific integrated circuit, and field-programmable gate array. These possible linkages allow the EZ-USB FX3 by association to link to a variety of interface, such as Compact Flash, asynchronous SRAM, and Address Data Multiplexed interface. Further attest to the USB controller’s programmability is that developers can even make their own interfaces through the GPIF II Designer Tool that comes with the EZ-USB FX3. Furthermore, the USB controller is programmable into 8-, 16-, and 32-bit data bus configurations.

Aside from its highly programmable nature and interface flexibility, the Cypress EZ-USB FX3 also possesses some significantly alluring features. Because of the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed specifications, the USB peripheral controller predictably harbors a 5 GB/s theoretical transfer rate that would easily back up HD video transfers and accommodate applications from medical imaging, surveillance, and machine vision equipment. Adding up to the number of features is the Cypress controller’s compatibility with USB On-the-Go (OTG); it can accommodate Hi-Speed OTG hosts and is compatible with OTG Supplement Version 2.0 peripherals.

The Cypress EZ-USB FX3 was designed expressly with speed performance in mind. Cypress, a company known for producing high-performance, programmable products, has taken into account the general trend towards faster and larger in the technology market and responded accordingly. With the EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 peripheral controller, the streaming or transfer of extremely large data or video files can be done with more ease and greater flexibility.

At present, Cypress has not released any details about the future price and official market release of the EZ-USB FX3.

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