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2019-01 - Total Phase


Issue 1

Volume 19

In This Issue

Advanced Cable Tester v2

BLOG: The Dangers of Untested Cables

YEAR IN REVIEW: Total Phase 2018 Highlights

Featured Video

Complete Cable Testing with the Advanced Cable Tester

With the introduction of exponentially more powerful and faster cables, it has become more crucial than ever to perform the necessary safety and quality checks to ensure cables are up to standard. Watch how the first-generation Advanced Cable Tester enables essential thorough continuity testing, DC resistance measurement for safe operation/reliability, E-Marker verification, and signal integrity testing.

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Pre-release Announcement: Advanced Cable Tester v2

Total Phase is pleased to announce that our Advanced Cable Tester v2 is expected to launch this winter. The Advanced Cable Tester v2 is the most advanced, comprehensive cable tester on the market, combining thorough test coverage from the first-generation tool with additional support for an even wider range of cables in USB, video, and Lightning. Our comprehensive testing includes continuity testing of all pins, verifying all power pins (VBUS and GND) are carrying the required current, validating the accuracy of the E-Marker, as well as analyzing signal integrity of cables with accompanying eye diagrams.

This tool encompasses a new design that provides enhanced measurement of Rp/Rd/Ra, full support for PD 3.0, and graphical analysis for shorts, opens, and routing. This is the ideal tool for high speed production testing in manufacturing environments as well as detailed failure analysis and statistical process control in lab environments. Additionally, this tool provides exponentially quicker test results with an easy-to-understand pass/fail confirmation screen and tests cables at just pennies per test.

This next generation cable tester provides a much wider range of test coverage for a larger variety of USB, video, and Lightning cables, including Standard-A, Micro-B, Standard-B, Type-C, Lightning, HDMI and DisplayPort. Various interchangeable connector modules are available to allow users to easily test a number of different cables types based on their requirements. At launch, these modules will be available:

• USB Type-C to USB Type-C (USB 3.2 and earlier specifications)
• USB Type-C to USB Standard-A (USB 3.2 and earlier version specifications)
• USB Type-C to USB Micro-B (USB 3.2 and earlier version specifications)
• USB Type C to USB Standard-B (USB 3.2 and earlier version specifications)
• USB Standard-A to USB Micro-B (USB 3.2 and earlier version specifications)
• USB Standard-A to USB Standard-B (USB 3.2 and earlier version specifications)
• Lightning (USB 2.0) to USB Standard-A
• Lightning (USB 2.0) to USB Type-C
• HDMI to HDMI (HDMI 2.1 and earlier version specifications)
• DisplayPort to DisplayPort (DisplayPort 1.4 and early version specifications)

Limited quantities of the Advanced Cable Tester v2 will be available this quarter. We are currently accepting pre-orders and units will be shipped on a first come, first serve basis. If you’re interested please contact us at sales@totalphase.com.

Blog: What are the Dangers of Manufacturing and Using Untested Cables?

Untested cables are not only dangerous, they can also pose many undesirable consequences for cable manufacturers, sellers, and consumers. We've delved into 5 different reasons why untested cables can potentially cause serious irreversible damages, and what can be done to solve this issue that many companies face today.

Read the article, "What are the Dangers of Manufacturing and Using Untested Cables?" here.

Year in Review: Total Phase 2018 Highlights

Total Phase has had a busy year – Check out our biggest highlights of 2018!

Python 3 Support:

Total Phase released Python 3 support for all Total Phase products including the Promira Serial PlatformAardvark I2C/SPI Host AdapterCheetah SPI Host Adapter, and Beagle I2C/SPI Protocol Analyzer. This new release will enable developers to work with the latest version of Python. Download the latest API version here

A2B Bus Monitor Launch:

The A2B Bus Monitor is our newest application available on our Promira Serial Platform. This application provides unprecedented access to the A2B system, and non-intrusively sniffs A2B data on the in-vehicle audio line, giving users a real-time view into A2B traffic on the bus.

Learn more about the A2
Bus Monitor here. 

Flash Center Update:

We released a new version of Flash Center Software, version 1.45. This new release made improvements for flash programming, particularly with the Promira Serial Platform. Multiple new memory devices were added to this update as well. To get the most updated version of the Flash Center Software and see the expansive list of memory parts supported, please visit the product page here.

LabView Update:

Total Phase released support for LabVIEW 64-bit and LabVIEW 2017 for all of our LabVIEW drivers targeted for Windows operating systems using the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter, Beagle USB 12 Protocol Analyzer,  Beagle I2C/SPI Protocol AnalyzerCheetah SPI Host Adapter, Komodo CAN Solo Interface, Komodo CAN Duo Interface, and Promira Serial Platform.

You can download the latest version of our LabVIEW drivers (complete with examples) here:

• Aardvark LabVIEW Driver

• Beagle LabVIEW Driver

• Cheetah LabVIEW Driver

• Komodo LabVIEW Driver

• Promira LabVIEW Driver

Lightning Release:

The Total Phase Advanced Cable Tester now supports complete, comprehensive testing of Lightning cables with our recent addition of the Advanced Cable Tester Adapter: Lightning USB2 to our line of adapters. 

With the Advanced Cable Tester and Lightning adapter, users can individually measure the DC resistance of VBUS and GND, verify wiring is correct with no shorted or disconnected wires, test signal integrity of USB 2.0 pairs at 518 Mbps, and combine with the Advanced Cable Tester Adapter: USB 3.1 Standard-A to enable testing of Standard-A-to-Lightning cables

Find out more about the Lightning adapter here. 

Product Milestone:

In 2018, Total Phase sold over 100,000 Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapters! The Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter is a go-to tool for thousands of customers, as it provides quality testing and development processes, allowing engineers to program, debug, and emulate their systems with ease. 

Click here 
to learn more about our most popular product.

Distributor Update:

Total Phase has partnered with GSAS Micro Systems Pvt Ltd located in India. GSAS is now one of our premier distributors, where they are specially trained in Total Phase tools and are authorized to sell the Promira Serial Platform. We're excited to work with them, as they are an impressive team of technical experts skilled in identifying and providing end to end solutions in the electronics industry in India. 

Find out more about GSAS Microsystems Pvt Ltd here. 

Spotlight: Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter

The Aardvark is a powerful, easy to use item. I'm currently using it for I2C. It has SPI capability as well. It delivers the data and allows you to transfer it easily to a spreadsheet.


– Dennis D.

Learn more about the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter

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