Which Tools Can I Use to Test and Analyze the Functions and Power Delivery of USB Type-C Cables?

Question from the Customer:

I am looking for a USB Type-C cable functional tester – I need to analyze the performance of the cable per specifications as well as power delivery. What recommendations do you have?

Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for your question!  We recommend using two of our products: Advanced Cable Tester and USB Power Delivery Analyzer.

Advanced Cable Tester

USB Power Delivery Analyzer


What the Advanced Cable Tester Provides

The Advanced Cable Tester is a set of applications for the Promira™ Serial Platform, which provides the ability to test USB cables with the use of Advanced Cable Tester Hardware. Watch this video for an overview of the importance of verifying cable performance, and how the Advanced Cable Tester Hardware provides cost-effective support for testing, troubleshooting, analyzing and verifying cable performance



Two Levels of Cable Tester Applications

Test Additional USB Type Cables

The Advanced Cable Tester alone supports testing USB Type-C cables. Adapters are available to test other types of cables:

  • Standard-A to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • Standard-A to Type-C (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • Standard-A to Lightning (USB 2.0)
  • Type-C to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)


What the USB Power Delivery Analyzer Provides

The USB Power Delivery Analyzer captures the Power Delivery protocol traffic on the USB Type-C connector. It connects in-line between two Type-C products and passively captures all communication between those products on the CC1 and CC2 signals. This video shows an example of using this analyzer with Type-C products.




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We hope this answers your question. If you have other questions about our Advanced Cable Tester or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com, or request a demo specific for your application.

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