Cypress and EverPro Extend USB 3.0 Performance Up to 100 Meters With Confirmation of Product Interoperability
Cypress's FX3(tm) Peripheral Controller and EverPro's Active Optical Cable Work Together To Enable Real-Time Streaming of Uncompressed HD Video
SHENZHEN, China – EverPro Technologies Ltd., a leader in USB 3.0 transmission solutions, and Cypress Semiconductor Corp., (NASDAQ: CY) today announced the completion of successful interoperability testing between both Cypress’s EZ-USB FX3™ USB 3.0 peripheral controller and EZ-USB CX3™ camera controller and EverPro’s U3C™ A0A0-100 USB 3.0 active optical cable (AOC). EverPro is demonstrating the U3C A0A0-100 solution at the 9th China International Machine Vision Exhibition here in Shenzhen from June 18 to June 20, 2014.
USB 3.0 is gaining popularity in machine vision and industrial cameras thanks to its 5 Gbps bandwidth that enables high-resolution, high-frame-rate imaging in real time without the need for compression, which degrades image quality. However, USB 3.0 currently has a maximum cable length of 3 meters that has limited its adoption. EverPro’s USB 3.0 transmission solution with active optical cable technology overcomes this limitation and extends full USB 3.0 performance up to 100 meters. This cable length extension allows Cypress USB 3.0 solutions to be easily and cost effectively deployed across a wider range of machine vision and industrial applications, removing cable length limitations in camera placement and installation.
“Active optical cables are a key enabler for USB 3.0 in machine vision and industrial cameras,” said Tom Tang, Vice President of EverPro Technologies. “EverPro’s proven interoperability with Cypress’s FX3 and CX3, the industry’s most popular USB 3.0 camera controllers, makes our active optical cables an ideal solution for machine vision and industrial cameras that need to be installed over long distances.”
"We are very pleased to have validated the interoperability of EverPro’s AOC with FX3 and CX3," said Mark Fu, senior marketing director of Cypress's USB 3.0 Business Unit. "USB 3.0 cable length extension has been a common request from our machine vision customers. We can now recommend a proven solution to our FX3 and CX3 customers."
EZ-USB FX3 and CX3 are the industry’s most popular USB 3.0 solutions for HD video. The FX3 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, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate at up to 400 Megabytes per second. The CX3 controller supports the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Camera Serial Interface Type 2 (CSI-2) standard with up to 4 lanes at speed up to 1 Gbps per lane. CX3 interfaces directly with any MIPI CSI-2 compliant image sensor or image processor. CX3 is capable of steaming 1080p video at 30 frames a second or 720p 60 fps without the need for compression. Both FX3 and CX3 come with an ARM9 CPU and 512KB SRAM, providing 200 MIPS of computational power for image processing and buffering. More information on Cypress’s EZ-USB 3.0 portfolio is available at www.cypress.com/usb.
About EZ-USB FX3 and CX3
EZ-USB FX3 delivers SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity in virtually any system. FX3 provides SPI, UART, I2C and I2S interfaces to connect to serial peripherals, along with highly flexible and integrated features. FX3 is now in volume production in two packages: a 121-ball BGA (10 mm x 10 mm) and a space saving 131-ball Wafer-Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) with dimensions of 4.7 mm x 5.1 mm.
EZ-USB CX3 is a USB 3.0 programmable camera controller that enables developers to add USB 3.0 connectivity to any image sensors supporting the MIPI CSI-2 version 1.01 standard at a total bandwidth of 4 Gbps. CX3 is ideally suited for high-definition, high-speed image-capturing applications and supports many image formats including RAW8/10/12/14, YUV422 (CCIR/ITU 8/10-bit), and RGB888/666/565. Based on the proven FX3 Platform, CX3 can be programmed to support Pan, Tilt and Zoom or other camera control functions. EZ-USB CX3 is sampling now and is available in 121-ball BGA (10 mm x 10 mm) package.
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EverPro Technologies is a joint venture between Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company (YOFC) located in Wuhan, China and VIA Technologies, Inc. located in Taipei, Taiwan. YOFC is a leading optical fibre and cable provider in the world. VIA Technologies is a leading provider of integrated circuits for x86 architecture. Leveraging the IC design and optical fiber & cable design and manufacturing capabilities from VIA and YOFC respectively, EverPro is able to create the world’s first and best USB 3.0 AOC cable. The headquarters of EverPro Technologies is located at Wuhan East Lake High-Tech Zone. The creation of EverPro Technologies is focused to provide AOC centric solutions including their peripherals. EverPro has engaged in the research and development, manufacturing, and sales of the AOC related optical fibres, cables and accessories. In parallel EverPro makes and provides photo-electronic modules and photo-electronic connecting devices. It also provides AOC cables, related system integration and engineering services.
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Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense® touch sensing, TrueTouch® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.