Monday, May 28th 2018
Synopsys has successfully carried out the world's first USB 3.2 demonstration. The host system was running on a Windows 10 operating system with the standard USB drivers without any modifications whatsoever. The USB 3.2 host controller was implemented on a HAPS-80 FPGA platform connected to the PHY board through a Type-C connector. The target system, which ran on Linux, used an identical hardware setup as the host system with the exception that it was configured as a Mass Storage device. The PHY employed in the demonstration was manufactured on the FinFET process and capable of operating at speeds up to 10 Gbps per lane. Therefore, Synopsys's solution consisted of pairing both lanes to achieve a combined throughput of 20 Gbps. The company also emphasized the fact that USB 3.2 doesn't require the use of special cables. For the demonstration, they utilized a pair of conventional Belkin USB 3.1 Type-C cables that you can find at your local Target store.