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Considerable time has passed since the finalisation of USB 3.1 specification in August 2013 where an announcement was made that it would double USB 3.0 theoretical transfer speeds to 10 Gbps and support scalable power delivery of up to 100 Watt using the USB Power Delivery spec. Here is the clarification of current situation:
Quick points about USB 3.1
Note: Not all USB Type-C cables will have equal parameters
The full claim in distributed was that:
"SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps uses a more efficient data encoding and will deliver more than twice the effective data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables. Compatibility is assured with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols as well as with existing 5Gbps hubs and devices and USB 2.0 products."
As you can see in the logo, the new upgrade is referred to as "SuperSpeed+" and while a lot of work has already been done, there is still some time before this will transfer into products.
USB Promoter Group already organized and will be holding continuous developer conferences to further promote the standard.
XIMEA team was already present on several conferences and plans to keep this practice to follow the newest progress and ensure that our partners and customers receive the most up to date information and exceptional products based on the most modern technology that is available at the moment.
Reversible USB Type-C connector
In addition to previous USB Promoter Group announcements, there is a separate category which notified that design of the USB Type-C plug is finalised. This new type of USB plug deserves special attention since it is supposed to completely replace every USB connector type of any size that is currently available. Many people compare it to Apple's Lightning cables because the new connector is also reversible and can be used inserted in any orientation.
After USB Type-C finalisation, which IT world quickly adopted, it is possible to see already available devices, cables, adapters and other accessories that support the new reversible connector. Few examples are: latest Apple MacBook has one, latest Chromebook Pixel with two USB Type-C ports, HP Pavilion x2, Nokia’s N1 tablet etc.
Note: USB Type-C cables and ports may be used for USB 3.1, BUT, depending on the host controller and devices, the also may only be compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0
Summarising the USB-IF’s press release, the new connector is "similar in size" to current micro USB 2.0 Type-B connectors (the ones you use for most non-Apple phones and tablets). It is designed to be "robust enough for laptops and tablets" and "slim enough for mobile phones." The openings for the connector measure 8.4mm by 2.6mm.
USB Type-C connector has 18 pins and is basically a unification of two USB 3.1 SuperSpeed connectors (these have four pins and additional five to enable 10Gbps). Simply put - if you plug the connector one way one set of pins is used and if you reverse it the other set is used.
An important side-note is that cables and adapters connecting older Type-A and Type-B ports to Type-C devices will be readily available. Also, the USB Type-C connector is designed taking into consideration the possibility to scale when USB spec gets faster - increasing the bandwidth and length beyond USB 3.1 For further comfort, there will also be new USB cables that have a USB Type-C connector at both ends.
A huge benefit, which is often neglected, is that USB Type-C connector allows delivery of up to 100 watts through the USB cable - that is enough to charge 4K monitor, most peripherals and in fact laptop itself. The USB Promoter Group claims the USB Type-C connector is rated as Micro-USB to 10,000 cycles. Another claim is that design is supposed to be future-proof so will be part and parcel of any USB versions in the years ahead.
Note: USB Type-C can support USB Power Delivery if the device’s host controller and the cable itself support the standard, but the fact that you have USB Type-C does not mean you automatically have USB Power Delivery.
The new USB Power Delivery specification had a parallel development to USB 3.1 which is also why, like the Type-C connector, USB Power Delivery is separate from the USB 3.1 specification.
Together with the USB Power Delivery standard there will arrive new PD-aware cables.
These will have an interesting feature called “handshake” - which will happen between a host and device. Device itself can request up to 20V at 5A from the host, but before the host can deliver more than 5v at 900mA, it will check if the cable is able to safely deliver the requested power.
Note: Ports that will support respective USB Power Delivery profiles with voltages greater than 5V, or currents greater than 1.5A, would be marked with an according logo.
USB Type-C supports USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (SuperSpeed USB 5 Gb/s), and USB 3.1 Gen 2 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gb/s) data speeds.
Note: USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 are defined under separate specifications.
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Lambda, a leading distributor and service provider of test and measurement equipment, today announces the signing of a distribution agreement with Keysight UK to supply Keysight’s comprehensive range of test and measurement products and semiconductor test solutions to customers across the UK.
As part of the agreement, Lambda will sell, support and maintain stock of a comprehensive range of Keysight products, for electronics manufacturers, high performance production testing, product development, fundamental research and teaching labs, included are:
New Keysight products now available are:
Ian Ramsay, Lambda’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that Keysight have chosen to work with us in the UK. Their name and products significantly enhance our portfolio and can only be of benefit to our customers. We are all excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to working with the Keysight team”.
Martin Dinmore, Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland at Keysight, added: “We were really impressed with the technical expertise and customer focused setup at Lambda. Their strong understanding of our products and customers’ applications will provide an excellent complement to Keysight’s existing sales infrastructure. I’m delighted to welcome Lambda on board”.
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Lambda Photometrics Ltd (www.lambdaphoto.co.uk) is a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment, for the characterisation, measurement and analysis of materials and devices. Celebrating 40 years of sales and support in the UK and Ireland, Lambda staff pride themselves on understanding customers applications and providing excellent communication, support and advice.
About Keysight Technologies
Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) helps customers bring breakthrough electronic products and systems to market faster and at a lower cost. Keysight’s solutions go where the electronic signal goes, from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in the network. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, internet infrastructure, aerospace & defence, automotive, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $2.9B in fiscal year 2016. More information is available at www.keysight.com.
Lambda Photometrics are pleased to announce release of the new Genki – 10 XP picosecond laser from Onefive GmbH, featuring 100W output power in a new and compact package for optimal and cost-effective workstation integration.
The Genki – 10 XP platform further advances the industrialisation of high energy and high power picosecond lasers. Based on Onefive’s ultra-stable Genki seed laser, this new laser provides clean pulses shorter than 10 ps, which is an optimal pulse duration for many micromachining applications. To satisfy the increasing demand for picosecond laser workstations, the Genki – 10 XP has been optimised to provide up to 100 W of average power and 300 μJ pulse energy at the industry-standard wavelength of 1064 nm. Wavelength conversion options are available for 532nm and 355nm. Pulse repetition rates from single-shot up to 80 MHz can be achieved, together with burst-mode operation, and this laser can also be tailored to work at lower repetition rates with even higher pulse energies.
The Genki – 10 XP has been designed to provide the simplest and most cost-effective possible system integration. It is an all-in-one design containing seed laser, amplifier and driving/timing electronics in one box. The laser can be completely controlled by RS232 offering full remote control capability. It offers excellent pointing stability and is maintenance-free.
Picosecond laser-based micromachining and industrial production is proven to have several advantages for quality control, high-precision, and lack of post production needs. Nevertheless high-power pulsed lasers remain expensive and complex for many standard industrial processes. The Genki – 10 XP has been developed to remove these constraints offering a compact, cost-effective and long lasting product. It has been especially designed for micro-machining and several other industrial applications, and was shown for the first time at Photonics West 2017 in San Francisco.
If you need help in deciding which is the best source measure unit for you application, the Keysight Precision Current-Voltage Analyzer Series ensures accurate and efficient current-voltage measurements that give a clear insight into IV characteristics across a wide range of applications. This selection guide will help you select the right instrument for your requirement.
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The 12th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Coordinate Measuring Machine and Machine Tool Performance, (LAMDAMAP 2017)
Wednesday-Thursday, 15-16th March 2017.
Renishaw Innovation Centre, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
Tiesheng Wang, Meisam Farajollahi, Sebastian Henke, Tongtong Zhu, Sneha R. Bajpe,a Shijing Sun,a Jonathan S. Barnard, June Sang Lee, John D. W. Madden, Anthony K. Cheethama and Stoyan K. Smoukov
Reactions inside the pores of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) offer potential for controlling polymer structures with regularity to sub-nanometre scales. We report a wet-chemistry route to poly-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT)–MOF composites. After a twostep removal of the MOF template we obtain unique and stable macroscale structures of this conductive polymer with some nanoscale regularity.
Article courtesy of The Royal Society of Chemistry, Materials Horizons publication