DesignCon 2016 - Another Great Experience

Me and Annie with Chiphead at DesignCon 2016, Santa ClaraLast week, we finished up 2 busy days at DesignCon 2016 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. DesignCon is a conference primarily for design, verification, and characterization engineers – so it is a great conference to show off our USB, I2C, SPI and CAN debug tools. And we spent plenty of time giving demos of each our products to interested engineers. (Me and Annie with Chiphead)

Engineers from a large variety of industries visited our booth. Semiconductor, SSD, Optical transceivers, telecom, imaging companies, etc. were excited to see the 80 MHz Quad SPI Master capability of our Promira Serial Platform. They were also interested in the I2C 3.4 MHz High-Speed mode application on the Promira as well.

Semiconductor, video, VR, Laser, Medical companies were interested in our Beagle USB 3.1 Gen 1 Protocol Analyzers, commenting on how fast and easy it is to capture, decode and analyze USB protocol traffic.

Promira Serial Platform for I2C and SPI devices USB Power Delivery Analyzer

Figure 2: Promira Serial Platform

Figure 3: USB Power Delivery Analyzer

I was able to attend a couple of vendor-sponsored sessions. The one on USB Type-C Power Delivery Testing was well attended with about 100 attendees, some left standing in the back. There is a lot of interest in this new USB technology, and Total Phase is ready for helping move this technology forward with our USB Power Delivery Analyzer. Everyone has been impressed with small size and small price of this very powerful tool. The Total Phase PD Analyzer allows you to easily sniff all the USB PD traffic and analyze this communication.

The other interesting session I attended was Testing DisplayPort over USB Type-C Connector. There were about 40 engineers attending this session. The new USB Type-C connector not only is designed for USB and power connections, but also supports an Alternate Mode with 4 high-speed lanes for DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and MHL communication. And anyone using one or more of these Alternate Modes will benefit by using our Type-C Power Delivery Analyzer to see and debug the Alternate Mode commands on the CC lines.

The DesignCon show was a great way to start off the year. Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth. I look forward to seeing more of you in 2016!First and more importantly, Data Center Software is free, runs on Linux, Windows and Mac and does NOT require Total Phase hardware. So any and all of your team members can download the software and run it locally.

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If you have questions about our protocol analyzers or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com, or if you already own one of our devices and have a technical question, please submit a request for technical support.

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