The last few years have seen an increase in adoption of the USB Type-C connector. It has simultaneously been accompanied by additional technological innovations on top of it. This has created a need for devices and tools to monitor the communication over the connector - in particular, the power delivery (USB-PD) aspect. The Google Twinkie (developed in 2014) was the original USB-PD Sniffer. Since then, many devices have attempted to replicate at least some of the functionality in a more user-friendly manner. ChargerLAB's KM003C is one of the latest premium solutions in the list, and it ticks many of the boxes that other solutions do not. Read on to find out whether it can achieve the true openness of the Google Twinkie.

USB-IF Publishes Audio over USB Type-C Specifications

The USB Implementers Forum this week published the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which standardizes audio over USB Type-C interface. The new spec enables hardware makers to eliminate...

93 by Anton Shilov on 9/30/2016

LG 38UC99 Announced: 37.5-Inch Curved 21:9 Display with 3840×1600 Resolution

This week at IFA in Berlin LG introduced a new flagship UltraWide display. The new monitor is called the LG 38UC99 and it's LG's largest UltraWide display to date...

43 by Anton Shilov on 9/2/2016

HDMI Alt Mode for USB Type-C Announced

Over the past year we have seen an increasingly number of vendors, associations, and consortiums lay their support behind the USB Type-C port and take advantage of its alternate...

68 by Ryan Smith on 9/2/2016

Conexant Reveals CX20888: A New Chip for USB-C Headsets with Advanced Functionality

Conexant on Wednesday introduced its third CODEC for upcoming digital headsets using a USB Type-C interface. The new CX20888 chip is specifically tailored for headsets and supports a variety...

55 by Anton Shilov on 6/29/2016

SanDisk Unveils New Generation of USB Type-C Flash Drives

Last year SanDisk released its first-gen USB flash drives featuring two types of connectors: USB-A and USB-C in a bid to address the growing market of devices featuring USB...

25 by Anton Shilov on 6/1/2016

Plextor to Demonstrate M8Pe Flagship SSD, EX1 USB Type-C SSD at Computex

Plextor plans to showcase its new SSDs next week at Computex 2016 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. The new M8Pe will be the company’s new flagship storage solution and...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/28/2016

Conexant Introduces USB-C Digital Audio Compliant Chips

Just recently, Intel announced a proposal for its part in the USB-C Digital Audio specification, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. Judging by our email...

31 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2016

Intel Proposes to Use USB Type-C Digital Audio Technology

USB Type-C has a number of chances to become the standard for data and charging connector for smartphones and tablets running either Android or Windows. However, in the long-term...

148 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2016

USB-C Authentication Tech to Restrict Usage of Uncertified USB-C Accessories and Cables

The USB Implementers Forum has announced a new addition to the USB Type-C specification, which is projected to restrict usage of uncertified or potentially malicious accessories with reversible USB-C...

28 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2016

USB Flash Drives - Power Consumption Measurement using Plugable's USBC-TKEY

The power consumed by USB peripherals such as flash drives has typically not been much of a concern. However, with OTG support on the rise, mounting external storage via...

20 by Ganesh T S on 3/18/2016

Lattice and MediaTek to Collaborate On Reference Smartphones For SuperMHL over USB-C

Lattice Semiconductor and MediaTek have joined forces to create reference smartphones with 4K video outputs using USB Type-C connectors and cables. The outputs will use the superMHL technology and...

10 by Anton Shilov on 3/15/2016

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