Goodbye, Barrel Connector. Hello, USB Type-C: Cypress Semi at Computex Taipei 2019

June 12, 2019 Brandon Lewis

The bane of power connectors is the lack of interoperability, especially between the ever-popular barrel connectors. Now, newer technologies such as USB Power Delivery (USB PD) enable faster, higher wattage power delivery anyway, while also being standardized over the USB Type-C interface.
USB PD over Type-C has other advantages, too: Costs can be reduced because most consumers will already have a compatible charger and cable; electronic waste can also be minimized because fewer incompatible chargers will be produced.
But how do developers start taking advantage of the technology today? Mark Fu, Senior Director of Marketing at Cypress Semiconductor, has a solution in the form of the EZ-PD Barrel Connector Replacement (BCR) chip and associated development kit. Learn how you can prototype modern power delivery, even on existing products.

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Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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