PowerSync4 – USB Type-C Power Delivery for OEMs

A compact, UL Recognised, EMC tested module for OEM development of USB Type-C Power Delivery Products

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Get your USB Type-C Power Delivery product to market quickly with a pre-certified, off the shelf module or sub-system from Cambrionix. Simply connect a 320W PSU and you have full access to all USB Power Delivery profiles along with high-speed USB data.

Support for all USB PD profiles from 5V to 20V at up to 3Amp. All USB Type-C ports are isolated from each other such that a device fault on one USB PD port does not affect devices connected to other ports. All ports can be monitored and controlled via either our LiveViewer App or our API.

All upstream and downstream ports support all USB Power Delivery profiles. What this means is that the PowerSync4 OEM Module can also charge the host computer at up to 60W. This is great news for Type-C chargeable Apple MacBook or Chromebook users.

***Preliminary information, available to pre-order for November delivery***


PowerSync4 brings Managed USB Type-C Power Delivery to OEMs

Applications:

  • Mobile device management and charging using USB Type-C Power Delivery.
  • Laptop charging carts, cases and systems.
  • Apple MacBook charging systems.
  • Mobile software application testing systems.
  • Chromebook charging systems.
  • Retail displays for the latest USB devices.
  • BYOD charging and provisioning systems.
  • Compact charge and sync carts, cases and systems for devices which support USB Power Delivery.
  • Mobile software testing / mobile software QA (SQA).
  • USB Type-C PD Production test systems.
  • USB Type-C Power Delivery device bench testing.
  • Monitored and controlled laptop charging stations.

Benefits & Features:

  • 4x Downstream USB Type-C Power Delivery ports supporting 60W per port.
  • 1x Upstream USB Type-C Power Delivery port supporting 60W to charge the host.
  • Supports all USB Power Delivery voltages from 5V to 24V.
  • Supports all USB Power Delivery power levels: 15/27/45/60W.
  • Backwards compatible with all USB standards.
  • Access, charge and monitor 4x USB Type-C devices simultaneously.
  • Connect and disconnect USB devices programatically from the host computer.
  • High-current (up to 3 Amp @20V = 60W) universal charging for USB devices.
  • Fully supports USB-PD, SDP, CDP, DCP, BC1.x, SE1, Apple, Samsung, ACA-x, YD/T-1591, RIM etc.
  • Housed within a metal fire enclosure but also available as a component part for OEMs.
  • Application Programming Interface (API) for control and monitoring of ports. Available for Mac / Windows / Linux (x86/Arm).
  • Live viewer App.
  • 2 Year RTB warranty.

General description:

The PowerSync4 OEM Module is designed for the latest USB Type-C Power Delivery specification. It allows the user to connect 4x power hungry USB Type-C Power Delivery devices to a single host computer.

The PowerSync4 OEM Module makes USB Type-C Power Delivery design incredibly easy. The module simply requires a 24V 320W PSU in order to function. The module has been EMC tested and is UL Recognised for safety which means that your final product certification should be much quicker with lower cost and more certainty.

USB Type-C Power Delivery (USB PD) devices can negotiate a voltage from 5V right up to 20V with a current of up to 3Amps from the charger or hub. The USB PD specification is designed such that a peripheral device (such as a USB hub) can provide power for the host computer and also the downstream devices. What this means is that if you have a USB PD compatible laptop, the PowerSync4 can charge the host computer as well as connect (and charge) a number of different peripherals to it. This saves cables and also provides another method of laptop/Chromebook charging.

Should you wish, you can use the PowerSync4 to replace 4x standard laptop or Chromebook chargers and create a compact, robust and controllable laptop charging station.

Internally, the PowerSync4 is microprocessor controlled which allows our unique API and Live Viewer to display useful information about each port and also allows the user to control those ports using either a GUI or programatically. The microprocessor handles the communication between the device and the PowerSync4 USB Type-C Power Delivery ports to ensure that device power negotiation is handled quickly and robustly.

The PowerSync4 is supplied with our latest firmware although updating the firmware is performed quickly and easily using our Firmware Updater App which is available as a free download. We offer new versions of firmware, from time to time, to add additional API features and additional charging profiles for obscure devices which may not necessarily adhere to documented standards.

All versions of the PowerSync support our application programming interface (API) which allows you to automate, monitor and control each port programatically using a variety of programming languages. With the API you can monitor current consumption of each individual port, total connection time, charging time, turn power on/off to individual ports, emulate different charging profiles, read USB VID/PID and much more.

The API consists of a service module or daemon that is loaded on the host computer. The service module is accessed via JSON-RPC calls over a TCP/IP socket. Cambrionix provides sample Python code complete with the necessary JSON library code to be able to make the necessary calls for controlling Cambrionix products that are connected to the host computer.

It is of course possible to access the API from any programming environment that has support for making JSON-RPC calls over a TCP/IP socket.

The API is available as a free download and is well documented and supported by Cambrionix engineers.

We also supply our Live Viewer App which allows you to monitor and control ports using a graphical user interface.

 

Technical specifications

Product Safety:

  • Independently safety tested by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) under file #E346549
  • RoHS Compliant.
  • The PowerSync4 OEM Module offers ESD protection, over-voltage protection, over-current protection and over-temperature protection and complies with the latest EN60950 safety requirements for ITE.
  • Housed within a UL94-V0 specification fire enclosure.

The PowerSync4 OEM module is available with a low MOQ of 25 units and sample quantities are available for development. Volume discounts are available at 50+ units.

Distributor and reseller minimum order quantities apply, please contact enquiries@cambrionix.com for details.

There are a number of suitable power supplies on the market which can be used to power the PowerSync OEM module although you need to ensure that they meet the following criteria:

  • Suitable regulatory certification for your target market.
  • An AC voltage input which is suitable for your target market.
  • 24V DC Output with +/-5% accuracy.
  • 320W Power capability.

Technical specifications

Product Safety:

U16S ESD Precautions

*The PowerSync4 module is supplied as a component part and is static sensitive until assembled into the finished product. Prior to assembly, please ensure that the PowerSync4 module is retained within its static shielded bag and handled only within an ESD safe area*

The PowerSync4 USB Type-C Power Delivery OEM module is designed to be installed into a final product. The final product will need to be tested to ensure that EMC and safety requirements are met for your target market.

The PowerSync4 OEM module is a UL Recognised component/module/subsystem (file #E346549).

EMC/FCC pre-scans completed and passed with minimum 10dB headroom for Class-A industrial applications.

All components RoHS Compliant.

The PowerSync4 module is designed with ESD port-protection, over-voltage protection, over-current protection and over-temperature protection and complies with the latest EN60950 safety requirements for ITE.

Operating Ratings:

  • Operating ambient temperature: 0 to 35 Degrees Celsius.
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing.
  • DC Input: 24V / 8.3A
  • Variable DC Output as per USB Power Delivery Specification: 5.2 – 20V at up to 3A per USB port.

Packaging Information:

  • Approx Unit Size: 120 x 100 x 20 (L x W x H)
  • Approx Unit Weight: 100g (200g boxed weight)
  • Supplied as: PowerSync4 module within static shielded bad and placed within a foam lined cardboard box.

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