USB

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB peripherals (devices) and USB compliance test development.

USB enables easy and quick connections between pcs and peripherals, saving users the hassles of using an USB external card or a switch. USB can be found in almost any IT products, such as laptops, cameras, printers, keyboards, mouse, displays, routers, mobile phones, and the latest consumer electronics.

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Allion’s USB Testing Capabilities

Allion Labs is a USB-IF certified Independent Test Lab (ITL) and offers all USB related certification tests.

Allion has invested greatly in test facilities, providing a convenient, efficient, and economical test solution to ensure impeccable quality, compatibility, and interoperability of USB products. Allion’s extensive experience has paved the way for the lab to become a long-term, trusted partner of the USB-IF.

The Latest USB Specifications

USB4™

The USB-IF released in 2019 the newest USB4™ Specification, which is now available for download on the USB-IF official website. Here are some highlights of USB4™:

  1. Two-lane operation using existing USB Type-C® cables and up to 40 Gbps operation over 40 Gbps certified cables.
  2. Multiple data and display protocols to efficiently share the maximum aggregate bandwidth.
  3. Backward compatibility with USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3.
Power Delivery

USB Power Delivery (USB PD) is a specification which aims to power electronic devices through a single USB cable. USB PD also shortens charging time and helps create more device mobility for the user.

USB Type-C®

More complex than its predecessors, USB Type-C® supports USB 3.1 high-speed transmission and power supply rate of up to 100W, and can be plugged in both positive and negative orientations. Regarding power delivery, USB-C alone can deliver 15W (5V/3A), but with USB PD, it can deliver up to 240W.

  • On May 5, 2021, the USB-IF released the USB Type-C® Cable and Connector Specification Revision 2.1. The biggest change from the 2.0 version is the addition of the Extended Power Range (EPR) Cable electrical and identification requirements.

USB Test Procedure Flowchart

USB Signal Integrity (SI) Test

Continually rising USB transmission rates brings challenges to circuit design. Signal integrity issues become more prominent and it is ever more vital to conduct testing to discover and improve signal issues.

Allion can help you figure out potential risks using professional test equipment, such as oscilloscopes, network analyzers, and various test tools and equipment developed by Allion. By doing so, you catch risks within your products early on and avoid the mess of debugging after the product launch.

USB Interoperability

Interoperability tests ensure that your USB product can perform the best it can in various environments. Allion has a collection of USB related products and accessories from all over the world, ranging from adapters and power modules to flash memory drives, hubs, and card readers. Allion customizes tests for you to show that your products are seamlessly integrated into the lives of end users.

USB Fixtures and Test Equipment

 Customized Fixture Design and Production 

As a long term partner of the USB-IF, Allion not only participated in the creation of the USB4 specification but also developed over 100 high-frequency and automated test fixtures. Allion fixtures increase both test accuracy and test speed, making the validation process quick and easy.

USB4 Golden Plug
USB4 Passive Cable
USB Active Cable
USB-C® 2.0 Plug HS SQ Fixture
USB-C® 2.0 Receptacle HS SQ Test Fixture
USB-C® Tx and Long Channel Rx Precet. Test Fixture
USB-C® –Short Channel Rx Precet. Test Fixture
USB-A HS Device SQ Fixture
USB-A HS Host SQ Fixture

 Automated Test Equipment 

Specifically for USB 3.2 and USB4 cables and connectors, Allion developed the Cable-Connector Allion Multiport Switch (CAMS), which can be used with a network analyzer and Get_iPar (Intel) for high frequency automated tests.

Aside from certification testing, Allion also provides debugging services, compatibility and interoperability tests, and other USB consulting services.

For more cable and connector related test issues, please contact Allion at: service@allion.com

About the USB-IF

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) is a non-profit organization which supports the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology. By providing a standard and consistent transmission specification, USB makes connections between computers and peripheral devices simple, eliminating the needs for an external card or switch.

There are a wide range of products which utilize the USB specification, including computers, cameras, printers, keyboards, mice, displays, network devices, mobile phones, and various consumer electronics.

For more information about USB-IF technologies, please refer to the USB-IF Official Website.

Related Test Services

  • Interoperability Test
  • Electrical Test
  • Battery Charging Test
  • SCSI Command Test
  • OTG (pretest only)/Embedded Host TPL (Targeted Peripheral List) Test

Disclaimer

The above information is for reference only and should not be regarded as official USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) information. You may find official USB-IF Information at usb.org or obtain it from the USB-IF directly.

USB Type-C® and USB-C® are registered trademarks of USB Implementers Forum.