Introducing New USB-C Power Delivery Products by Coolgear

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4 Port Power Delivery Hub with 2 Type C PD Ports and 3 USB 3.1 Type A Port

USB-C 4 Port Power DeliveryModel Number: CG-UC31PD4H –  USB PD (power delivery) is making its way into the USB device markets. With the ability to power laptops and other devices through various power delivery protocols, you’ll soon need this type of peripheral for your new equipment. Solving the problem of limited PD with USB, products with protocols such as 20V/14.5V/12V/5V can be used with this 4 Port Hub. In addition to power delivery, our new 4 port power the two USB-C and USB-A ports are compliant with USB 3.1 Gen1 speeds, this means you’ll work with data speeds up to 5Gbps, 10 times the speed of USB 2.0. Among its convenient features, the 4 port power delivery hub is surface mountable, under the table, on a wall, or on a desktop, the hubs stability is excellent! So are its screw lock compatible connections.

Applications: Laptop charging, Super-Speed data transmission.

Product URL: https://www.coolgear.com/product/usb-c-4-port-hub-wpower-delivery-15kv-esd-surge-protection-usb-3-1-gen1


 

USB-C to USB-B Power Delivery USB 3.1 Adapter w/Mounting Kit

USB-C to USB-B Power Delivery AdapterModel Number: CG-UCUSBPDB – USB Type-C Power delivery adapters are being designed to make sure our legacy devices aren’t forgotten. This Gen1 USB 3.1 USB-C PD adapter can accommodate power protocols of 20V/5A, 14.5V/2A, 12V/3A and 5V/3A to legacy USB-B host devices. With delivered power of up to 100 watts at 20 volts, large USB devices such as laptops and monitors can be powered by this USB-C adapter. As with all USB Type-C connections, the plug itself is reversible maintaining its function regardless of how it is plugged in. The USB-C Power Delivery adapter supports up to 5Gbps data transfer as per USB 3.1 Gen1 specifications and is screw lock compatible for secure, tight cable connections. The USB-C PD adapter supports DIN Rail mounting and a USB Type-C downstream connection to the device while maintaining its Type-B host connection from the computer.

Applications: Laptop power, Monitor power, Super-Speed Data Transfer

Product URL: https://www.coolgear.com/product/usb-c-usb-b-power-delivery-adapter-wmounting-kit

Using USB Extension Cables for Virtual Reality Game Systems

Move Your Virtual Reality System with USB!

Use USB extension cables to give your friends some room to play

Vive Virtual Reality headset and paddle controllersThe scene, a virtual reality gaming party in a small game room and not enough room! Have you ever thought, I need to spread out and move the system? Playing VR games in a small room with lots of people waiting for their turn doesn’t work to well! Use USB extension cables…

We have extended our Virtual Reality gaming using USB extension cables. We like to have fun once in a while in the office after hours; recently we had some fun with VR gaming in the lab using the Vive headset and controllers. Our setup used everything that the Vive came with but we made some changes so we could set up differently.

We found the USB 2.0 cable and HDMI cable the system came with to be a little too short with regard to the distance we needed to place the Link Box from the computer station. We replaced these cables with a new USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female extension cable and a new HDMI cable.

Get Your USB Extension CableUSB 2.0 Extension cable used with the Vive

Both cables were flawless but we want to focus on the USB extension cable because we know the HDMI cable already carries the video signal but the USB 2 extension cable carries the data. Our USB 2.0 extension cable is a 30 V, 80 degree, VW-1 high-speed certified at 480Mbps data transfer.

Replacement USB Extension Cable for the Vive

USB Extension Cables used on the Vive Link BoxThe Vive’s Link Box ports are USB 3.0 but it came with a USB 2.0 cable, so that’s what we stayed with. The USB extension cables we used in place of the original was a 6ft and 10ft foot length and it worked with no problem, there was no visible lag in the VR data output that we could see while paying with coolness!

For those of you that know USB specifications, you know the length of the connection can only be a maximum of 16 feet 5 inches, so we decided to add a 10 foot USB 2.0 extension cable to the system setup to see what happens. With a longer HDMI cable and a 10ft. USB extension, the output was still phenomenal; we had a great time nearly falling off the virtual stone walls.

USB 2.0 Extension Cable Quality Specs.

No loss of data! The virtual world was extended by a USB extension cable and was still intact continuing with mind blowing visuals as the games went on! Using the original USB cable, we added the 10ft. USB extension which brought us to just under the maximum connection length of a passive USB signal.Vive Link Box using a USB 2.0 Extension Cables

The USB 2.0 Extension Cable Specs:

  • SKU: USBG-AAE3B
  • USB 2.0 shielded high-speed cable
  • 28AWG/1P+24AWG/2C E204204
  • Style 2725 80 degrees 30V VW-1
  • Gold Plated Male & Female Connectors
  • Molded strain relief
  • USBGear brand

The USB 2.0 extension cable allowed us to move the Vive’s Link Box to different locations away from the PC which gave use more movement with the Vive headset. As you can see from the images above, the VR headset and component outputs are connected to the opposite side of the Link Box and are fixed lengths, we worked with the PC side of things.

Below, our favorite sales rep Ashley is enjoying some relaxation time with our USB extended Vive virtual reality game system. We hope that this information has been helpful, moving your VR equipment if it needs to be moved is best done with a USB extension cable!

Ashley play with Vive VR while using USB Extension Cable

Din Rail Clips 3D Printed with Free Print File

The 3D printed Din Rail Clip by CoolGear

As a technology company, CoolGear is always looking for a new way in providing products for3D printed din rail clips our customers. With that said, CoolGear proudly announces its “in-house” 3D printed Din Rail Clips! The Din rail clips are plastic, printed with a Polylactide material which is environmentally friendly and tough enough to last for years.

Our 3D printed Din rail mounting clips are ready to work with the standard 35mm Din rail with either 7.5 or 15mm depths. Working beyond expectations, our new clips work with many of our hubs and adapters. The new clips are printed to a 10mm thickness with 3 screw holes for mounting. The Din rails will ship in a package of 2 with 6 thread forming screws.

Wait, there’s more! If you have a 3D printer, you’ll like this; CoolGear will be providing the .STL file available free to anyone wishing to 3D print their own Din rail clips. Keep an eye on CoolGear, these Din rail clips will be on our website soon!

Windows 10 InfraRed (IrDA) support without Insider Builds

UPDATE: This guide is no longer needed on Windows 10 after update v1511. Please ensure you have all updates installed.

Step 1: Make sure you’re running Windows 10 v1511 (November 2015).

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on System
  4. Click on About
  • The Version number will be indicated on the right side.
  • If your version is higher than 1511 you’re likely enrolled in the Insider Preview program, and your adapter should already be working. I do no recommend continuing with this guide.
  • If your version is lower than 1511 then you need to run Windows Update to catch up to the current release.
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Your ‘About’ screen should look something like this. (click for larger version)

Step 2: Open an Elevated Command Prompt

  1. Click on Start
  2. Type “cmd”
  3. Right-Click on “Command Prompt”
  4. Click on “Run as Administrator”
  5. Click “Yes” or “Allow” on the User Account Control notice

win_10_cmd_runasadmin

Step 3: The Fix

  1. Type or Copy & paste this command in to the Administrator Command Prompt:
    • netcfg –u ms_irdanetcfg –c p –I ms_irda
    • To paste it:
      1. Copy it from above.
      2. Left click anywhere in the command prompt to bring it into focus
      3. Right-click anywhere in the command prompt to paste the current clipboard contents.
    • This is ONE(1) single command.
    • It should look similar this when you’re done (I’ve already done it, so my output is slightly different):

w10_irda_cmd

  1. REBOOT
    • This is VERY important. It might appear that your Infrared Adapter starts working right away (it should start blinking after you complete the previous step) but NOTHING WILL WORK UNTIL YOU REBOOT.

Step 4: Test & verify

  • Get out your dive computer, health monitor, phone, barcode scanner, etc and give it a test run.
  • If you’d like to run some verification checks first:
    • Open another elevated command prompt (Step 2 above)
    • Run the following TWO(2) commands:
      • sc query irda
      • sc query irmon
    • Each command should return a small SERVICE_NAME prinout.
    • The important part is the “STATE” field, it should be “4 RUNNING”.
    • I had one gentlemen report back that the second command was not in the running state, but his dive computer still Sync’d fine, so it’s not 100% accurate.

Your IrDA adapters should now be working under the current version of Windows 10, without having to resort to joining the Insider/Beta program.The official Microsoft KB article for your records: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3150989

Unfortunately this only seems to fix the problem for adapters using MosChip/ASIX MCS7780 chipset, such as our silver Gearmo branded model, and likely the similar looking one from Polar. Older adapters using the Sigma-Tel chip are still non-functional. Some users over on this thread on the Microsoft Forums seem to have gotten them to work, but I have been unable to replicate the results yet.

Windows 10 IrDA update for April 2016

Windows 10 now has working IrDA – Sorta

Our Supplier provided us with an updated driver last week, and we’ve been testing it here as best we could (we only have a few IrDA products to test with). Long story short, the driver they have given us is identical to the one already on our website (and ASIX’s).

As our last update mentioned, the current driver installs and seems to function fine in the current version of Windows 10, but Windows does not seem to understand how to use the IrDA devices beyond installing the driver. That seems to have changed in the latest pre-release (AKA “Insider Builds”) versions of Windows 10.
The vendor recommends that anything newer than build 11082 should work, and our testing shows that the current version installed in the Fast Track is 14316. We found that Window 10 build 14316 will download and install the appropriate driver (v1.3.2.0) as well as launch the IrDA stack service now.

We’ve tested the IrDA products we had around the office and found that all of them are working exactly as they had in previous editions of Windows.

Steps to get IrDA working in Windows 10:

  1. Make Microsoft account. (If you don’t have one already).
  2. Sign into Windows 10 with your MS account. (If not already doing so).
  3. Select to update to “Insider Builds”. When prompted, pick the “Fast” option.
  4. Update to the latest build offered. (NOTE: It may take up to 24 hours from joining the insider program before a specific build update is offered in Windows Update).

 

If you have any support issue please use the contact form on our Contact Us page, or email us directly at support@coolgear.com

USB Isolator High-Speed Debut

CoolGear and Silanna Debut the World’s First Compact USB 2.0 High-speed Isolator Module.

CoolGear introduces the industry’s first small form-factor USB 2.0 Isolation Adapter, the CG-USB20ISO, with Silanna Semiconductor’s ICE08USBC USB high-speed digital isolator device at its core. Driven by the ICE08USBC, the CG-USB20ISO is capable of supporting the USB 2.0 High-speed data rate of 480 Mbps and eclipsing the limited 12 Mbps performance of existing USB isolators in the market.


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USB Isolator High-Speed CoolGear Image
“Driven by the ICE08USBC, the CG-USB20ISO is capable of supporting the USB 2.0 High-speed data rate of 480 Mbps and eclipsing the limited 12 Mbps performance of existing USB isolators in the market.”

CoolGear’s CG-USB20ISO compact USB 2.0 high-speed isolator is a breakthrough in isolation technology achieving 480 Mbps data rates with its bus powered, low power consuming design while still compatible with USB 1.1. The USB Isolator’s design and engineering makes it the first of its kind to support the full specification of USB 2.0. The capacitive galvanic isolation of Silanna’s ICE08USBC provides the barrier that separates its logic between upstream and downstream devices. “Having worked closely with CoolGear’s CG-USB20ISO design team from its conception, it’s great to see this leading-edge product out in the market,” said Gil Baterina, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Silanna.

Protecting your equipment is first and foremost in achieving and keeping a successful operation. The CG-USB20ISO USB 2.0 Isolator by CoolGear is designed to be the first small scale isolator to protect against high voltage surges with 2,121 vrms (3,000 VDC). With its small form factor and surge protection features, the USB 2.0 isolator continues to maintain high performance and high speed USB 2.0 data demands.

The CG-USB20ISO USB 2.0 Isolator is bus powered for light power consumption devices and uses an additional DC jack connection for self-powered mode when the downstream port requires more power.

Purchasing the USB 2.0 Isolator for Industries that are using expensive equipment that build, produce, or read in some way such as 3-D Printers, Robotics, HI-FI Audio, Kiosk Stations, CNC Machines, Medical Devices and more can benefit from this isolator where voltage spikes may occur during use and damage devices. Wouldn’t you like to protect your equipment investment worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars?

The ICE08USBC is Silanna’s follow-on product to the ICE08USBA and ICE08USBB devices introduced last year for isolating USB 2.0 downstream facing ports (DFP) and upstream facing ports (UFP), respectively. The ICE08USBC combines the ICE08USBA’s downstream cable/connector interface capabilities with the upstream interface features of the ICE08USBB; the ICE08USBx series of USB 2.0 port isolators are part of the Silanna ICE (Isolator Core Enhanced) family of products featuring galvanic isolation technology that combines capacitive isolation and CMOS circuitry on a Silicon-On-Sapphire (SOS) platform. The enhanced connectivity of the ICE08USBC makes it ideal for standalone USB isolation products that target existing USB connections; these can be in the form of isolated USB cables, dongles, or modules such as CoolGear’s CG-USB20ISO. “Silanna’s ICE08USBx products finally give us the true USB 2.0 High-speed isolation that our customers have needed,” commented Rene Rozycki, President of CoolGear.

CoolGear CG-USB20ISO Features

  • Compliant with USB 1.1 and USB2.0 High-speed
  • Supports High-speed, Full-speed and/or Low-speed
  • Packet Protocol Sequencer for Endpoint 0/1
  • Provides 1 Downstream Facing Port
  • Supports Screw-Lock USB Mechanism
  • Supports Wall and DIN RAIL Mounting Kits
  • Up to 480 Mbps USB 2.0 High Speed Data Rate
  • Supports 2,121 Vrms (3,000 VDC) Isolation Between Upstream and Downstream Facing Port
  • Supports Self-powered and Bus-powered Mode
  • Built-in Power LED Indicator
  • Supports DC Jack for Downstream USB Bus Power

For more details on CoolGear’s CG-USB20ISO, please visit http://www.coolgear.com/product/usb-isolator-high-speed

Silanna ICE08USBC Features

  • USB 2.0 Compatible
  • Low, full, and high speed data rates: 1.5 Mbps, 12 Mbps, and 480 Mbps
  • Auto-Negotiation of Link Speed
  • Bidirectional communication
  • 3000 Vrms Isolation Voltage per UL 1577 – UL File Number E473534
  • Capable of driving both USB DFP and UFP connectors and cables
  • 16-lead SOIC wide-body package
  • RoHS compliant

To learn more about Silanna’s ICE08USBx products, please go to
http://www.silanna.com/usb.html

About CoolGear

Located in Clearwater Florida, CoolGear Inc. has been developing, manufacturing, and providing premier computer peripherals since 1997. The company’s success in providing to Aerospace, Education, and Consumer Industries has launched it into being a number one supplier of industrial serial adapters and USB component products on the Internet today. CoolGear products are shipped worldwide to destinations around the globe while continuing to develop advanced technology, manufacture quality products, and test out new ideas and concepts for computer technology and its advancements. For more information on CoolGear, Inc., please visit http://www.coolgear.com.

About Silanna Semiconductor

Founded in 2006, Silanna is a privately held technology company headquartered in Brisbane Australia, with facilities in Sydney Australia, San Diego, CA, and Raleigh, NC. The company operates a wafer fabrication facility in Sydney, Australia where it develops advanced CMOS and Compound Semiconductor technologies. Silanna’s US operations focus on developing and commercializing products using advanced CMOS technologies bringing those to high volume production in various independent semiconductor foundries spread around the world. For more information on Silanna, please visit http://www.silanna.com.

USB Type-C to Serial Makes the Market

The latest USB technology combined with Serial protocols

Today’s vast technology market has put into place a choice of sorts, not with manufactures although that competition has already arrived, but more of a choice between older tech vs. new tech and what to use in the near future. Users are facing a choice of eventually upgrading their equipment or just using a patch to get by. We’re looking at USB to Serial technology, the next evolution in the combination of USB and RS232 protocols.

USB combinations on the raise

Coolgear, Inc. is a well known supplier of premium computer peripherals and has been since 1997. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new USB player on the market, it called USB Type-C™ or USB-C™ and it signifies the beginning of an open door to new technology. The combination of USB to serial is not new, it’s been around for quite some time, but the USB Type-C™ to serial is fairly new and has been in the market for a relatively short period of time.

USB Type-C to serial adapter
 

If you’re not aware, the USB Type-C™ connection as it pertains to this article is the new reversible connector that is slowly making its way into cell phones, PCI cards, laptops, and now, various computer peripherals and technologies such as RS232, RS422, RS485 serial communication protocols. Recently, Coolgear, Inc. has acquired several different styles of the serial adapter with USB Type-C™ reversible connector and here’s where the competition is.

 Older USB connectors but still used today  USB Type-C Connector
Older but still used USB 2.0/3.0 Type-A connector
New and coming USB type-C™ connector

Looking at what you have

You have a desktop or laptop computer that is at least 5 years old, it has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports for your USB connections, GREAT! You’re having no problems until now. What do we mean by until now? Now it’s time to think about an upgrade to your equipment, it’s out dated and running slower than you would like, but the realization that you are using serial communication protocols causes a problem.

If you purchase a new computer, particularly a laptop, the chances are pretty good that you’re not going to have a serial port on it, this is just how newer laptops are designed now, but, it may include an unusual looking port for USB, this would be the new USB-C™ reversible USB port connector and here’s where the new combination makes you think about the competing thoughts you’ll have.

USB Type-C™ has not saturated the market yet, certainly not the combination of the two standards we’ve talked about but now that these products are being manufactured, you’ll need to make some choices down the line, patch it or upgrade it?

Type C USB 2.0 RS232 serial adapter

Since this blog post there have been many USB C products that we have added in a short amount of time, feel free to have a look at and purchase any of our products in the USB-C category of CoolGear.

PCI Bus Utilization – Coolgear Introduces PCI in the box

Effective PCI bus Expansion for I/O Applications

CLEARWATER, Fla., Mar. 4, 2016 – Coolgear Inc., a versatile computer peripheral manufacturer and seller of computer related components announce their new PCI Expansion Boxes for 2016.

In the later part of 2015, the computer peripherals company started development of a new core product that expands the computer’s PCI bus platform in desktop, micro PC, laptop, and workstation systems. The PCI Expansion Box was developed as a way to expand I/O performance across the board. Exceeding performance expectations, testing has shown support for virtually any PCI or PCIe application supported by the system OS drivers.

PCI Expansion Box OverviewPCI Bus Expansion Box

Imagine running out of PCI slots in an I/O performance heavy system, or purchasing a new system that doesn’t support an LPT interface or serial communication! The PCI Expansion Box is an inexpensive peripheral device that allows the user to manage additional I/O support for their current system through PCI expansion.

Lab environments, warehouse, or other establishments that are running off of a Micro PC, Tower PC, or laptop, your PCI support from your own system may be running out! The PCI expansion box solves the I/O limitations of available PCI slots, it also provides a solution for adding USB ports, and serial communication through PCI and all you need is the PCI cards to install into the expansion box.

With no handles to turn, and certainly nothing popping out, Coolgear has implemented several “PCI in the Box” expansion models to accommodate desktop, laptop, workstation, and server either by PCI card or ExpressCard connections. Models include a variety of PCIe to PCI and 34mm ExpressCard to PCI for exemplary I/O functionality.

Expansion Box Specifications:

The PCI Expansion boxes support 1-lane data paths with 2.5 GB/s high-speed data rates, other specifications include:

  • Expands the PCI 32-bit 33MHZ bus system via PCIe or 34mm ExpressCard
  • Supports 1-lane data transmission at 2.5GB/s.
  • PCI slots are fully PCI Bus Rev. 2.3 Compliant.
  • Supports both 5V and 3.3V PCI Add-in Cards.
  • Backward compatible with PCI and drivers
  • Provides a scalable high-speed I/O bus

Whether you are using the ExpressCard or PCIe host card, the expansion box advantages are major! It can support any PCI application integration that you might use in your own internal system’s PCI bus. Expanding serial RS232 communication through PCI, PCI to Audio, and PCI to USB can be used to make a more efficiently used system particularly when a mini desktop may be used.

Crank’n it up with PCI

Coolgear promotes the need for a PCI expansion box (I/O expansion) because many computer systems today, especially new systems that are manufactured in 2015/16, are limited or without I/O and vary in the amount of available USB ports, particularly in laptops. When working in an I/O heavy industry, testing and communication is done via serial connections or data transfer through USB, Coolgear finds that continuous port swapping occurs to accomplish particular tasks in industry. This peripheral solution provides a great way to manage time, and create a more efficient use of computer resources.

USB to Serial Adapter- Use Applications

Introduction:

Serial Devices exist everywhere, in homes, offices, industrial facilities, Airports, Squad Cars serial devices are everywhere.(look behind you)Industrial-Site Serial has been a standard for communication for over 50 years. This technology is not going anywhere and not fast. RS232 communications has some limitations, Speed being the biggest one. USB to Serial adapters usually have a UART chip that only supports up to 230kbps transmission, the UART chip we utilize offers 920kbps transmission rate. YAY!  Serial controls, Conveyor belts, doors, Ham Radios, Sensors, Steno Machines, Medical Equipment, you name it there is most likely some kind of Serial adapter controlling it. With that being said why would you not want to use the best adapters available? There are adapters that Range from 5 dollars up to 99 dollars for a single port RS232 adapter. We at Coolgear believe there is a sweet spot with pretty much everything in the tech field, there is a price point that you can get a lot of the bells and whistles while staying price conscious and we have nailed it! Extremely high quality products at a Great Price.

 

Products:

We offer a few different types of USB to Serial RS232 Adapters, USBG-232mini USB to Serial Adapter Style, USBG-232 USB to Serial RS232 1ft Cable and USBG-232mm USB to Serial RS232 Converter 6ft integrated cable. USBG-232ss3These 3 USB to Serial adapters all use the same FTDI Chipset they just offer longer cable length and slightly different form factor for the USBG-232mini. We have offered these adapters for nearly 10 years, and we plan on selling them for atleast 10 more, our customers love these as they are extremely dependable. All these years and we have had very few defectives. ( less then .2 percent ) We do not build in defective obsolesce in our products, we hope our adapters live longer then we do!

 

 

Applications:

 

Ham Amateur Radio:

PTZ Camera:

Sensor:

Modems:

Heart Defibrillators:

Stenography machines:

Printers:

CNC Machines:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 10 IrDA update for November

Hi Everyone, Caleb here from Coolgear again. You may have noticed that Microsoft has put out a big update to Windows 10. Part of this update allowed the IRDA driver to correctly install, however it still doesn’t quite work correctly.

I’ve been in touch with the chipset provider and they have told me that this changes a lot of things about getting a new driver released. They wouldn’t go into technical details, but I was assured that they would have a new driver done by the beginning of the year. From there they would send it off to Microsoft for testing and to receive their “stamp of approval” so it can be publicly released. This process typically takes about 4 weeks, so we’re tentatively expecting a February 2016 release date for the driver.

 

April 2016 Update:

The chip manufacture and Microsoft are still silent on this, and our supplier has informed us they have no new information regarding a driver update.