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Coolgear designed a sleek new integrated chip (CGPD18 IC) to support low power USB C devices with Power Delivery. The CGPD18 IC easily converts PoE to USB Type-C power and is expanding the possibilities of commercial and industrial USB-C PD designs.
The CGPD18 IC is currently being used in our new CG-POE15VPD USB C with PD (power delivery) PoE Splitter for Nest Cam IQ Outdoor & Nest Cam IQ Indoor.
What is USB C Power Delivery?
With 10 times the power capacity of earlier USB protocols, USB-C powers modern electronics with the capacity to charge a phone in 15 minutes or simultaneously charge a laptop and power an external monitor. Phones, cameras, Wifi Access Points, laptops and tablets utilize the USB-C PD standard.
While other USB connectors are still popular, many new designs tend to gravitate towards Type-C because of the long term advantages it offers. Before USB C, consumers found it challenging to locate USB-C chargers that were compatible with a variety of devices, so Coolgear developed the CGPD18 IC as a cost-effective USB-C PoE integration to be used in a broad range of implementations.
Why USB-C With Power over Ethernet?
While USB-C is gaining popularity, it still has its limits. Many of the best cables can only transmit power about ten feet (three meters). And USB-C is currently not integrated into the overall construction of buildings and homes.
Ethernet, on the other hand, has been cost effective, travels up to 330 feet and can be found in most modern construction projects. With PoE, you can transmit power without having to pay electricians or pull permits, providing enormous cost savings and ease of implementation. For a fraction of the cost, you can complete sophisticated installations with equipment you already have on hand.
Coolgear envisions the use of the chip in other converters and devices where additional cable length is needed for low power.
Coolgear’s IC Delivers Palm-sized Power Delivery For Nest Cams:
The Nest Cam security camera is one of the most sought after devices for remote security systems, but camera users found the out-of-box setup difficult to hide due to the need to plug the device into a power socket and the limited 25ft USB wire length. The new Mini PoE to USB Type C Adapter All-in-One (CG-POE15VPD), designed by Coolgear Labs makes use of the new integrated chip (CGPD18 IC). This all-in-one power extender allows camera users to move Nest Cams’ an additional 100m (328ft.) using a Cat5/6 cable from a PoE injector while removing the need for bulky A/C adapters that give away the location of the camera. Nest users can now create highly effective surveillance systems that are out-of-sight and secure from theft.
Partnering With Coolgear Labs to Design Innovative Solutions
Coolgear has designed and engineered this IC to be applied into your own circuit design and power delivery applications. The chip’s built-in features and benefits add a great value to its intended purpose.
At Coolgear we’re dedicated to developing advanced technology, manufacturing quality products, and testing out new ideas and concepts for computer technology and its advancements. Need help with your next project? For more information, visit Coolgear.com or contact us.
Coolgear has developed and designed a new integrated circuit chip to work with USB Type-C power delivery outputs. This first-of-its-kind chip (CGPD18 IC) was designed to increase adoption of USB Type-C to power small electronics and provide ultimate flexibility for both business and casual consumers. As of today, this new technology has allowed us to create the smallest PoE to USB-C PD adapter in the world — 60 percent smaller than any other PoE to USB-C solution.
The Growing Popularity of USB-C Power Delivery
USB-C power delivery has become popular because of its speed in charging and powering electronics — in fact, it has 10 times the power capacity of past USB protocols. But Type-C is also limited because it can transmit power only about 10 feet (3 meters). An integrated circuit designed specifically for use with low power Type-C devices can increase options for compatible devices and converters, particularly from Ethernet (PoE) to Type-C, thus increasing adoption of USB-C.
USB Type-C Power Delivery provides new and exciting design options where size, industrial design and style are important factors. It also enhances ease of use due to less confusion for plug and cable orientation.
USB is evolving from a data interface that supplies limited power to a primary source of power with the data interface.
Coolgear Brings New Innovation To The Nest CAM
Coolgear has introduced the chip commercially in a PoE to USB Type C PD adapter for use with Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor plug-and-go security cameras. The Nest Cam Outdoor, for example, comes with a 25-foot USB Type C cable so it cannot be mounted further unless an extension featuring Coolgear’s technology (CG-POE15VPD) and new integrated circuit is in place. The addition of USB Type C as an option for low power devices has lead to more flexibility for electronics owners as well as increased data speeds and power transmission.
Features of the CGPD18 IC Chip
This new CGPD18 IC chip is versatile enough to be used with virtually any independent circuit design and power delivery application. It integrates overload and short-circuit protection for increased safety and prevention of damage to sensitive electronics.
Coolgear’s IC chip is built to support the following maximum PD voltage profiles: 5V 2.39A | 9V 2.07A | 12V 1.51A | 15V 1.27A | 20V 1.11A. See the following chart for information on the chip’s versatility for power delivery output.
Made for use in harsh environments, Coolgear’s CGPD18 IC chip operates in temperatures up to 78°C (172°F), which is suitable for a variety of industrial uses.
A Lower Cost Solution To Power
In order to reduce cost and implementation time, the CGPD18 IC has been preprogrammed with lower PD profiles and is designed to work with various USB Type C outputs and supports PD voltage profiles from 5V to 20V. Instead of using expensive chips that need to be programmed to meet low power specifications, the CGPD18 IC costs three times less and works instantly.
CGPD18 Integrated Circuit Use
The Coolgear CGPD18 IC was developed to provide versatility for USB Type-C power delivery and can be used in a wide range of applications. Built-in features include:
Coolgear engineers have been working hard over the past year to improve PoE development, and with the addition of the CGPD18 IC, the ability to easily convert PoE to USB Type-C is a reality. Coolgear envisions the use of the chip in other converters and devices where additional cable length is needed for low power.
As one of the world’s largest internet-based companies, Florida-based Coolgear, Inc., offers innovative USB products paired with top-notch customer service and technical support. With a 20+-year history of supplying computer peripherals, industrial serial adapters and USB component products to the aerospace and education industries as well as consumers around the globe, Coolgear continues to develop advanced technologies that benefit engineers, product installers and end users. For more information, visit Coolgear.com or contact us.
When you have lots of USB devices to connect to one machine, a USB hub is the answer. But before you run off and buy a rackmount setup with 20 ports and call it a day, you’ll want to take several more factors into consideration. In this article, we will discuss all the styles of USB hubs available, along with the benefits.
USB hubs come in four styles for different uses.
To narrow down the type of hub your operation requires, you need to go through this checklist:
The protocols in current use are USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1. Earlier versions are obsolete. Each version is fully compatible with earlier versions; a USB 3.1 hub can communicate with a 2.0 device, though it will be limited to 2.0 data rates. Each protocol supports more than one speed, including all the ones earlier versions support. The maximum speeds are:
What is called USB 3.1 Gen 1 is effectively the same as 3.0. It delivers a top speed of 5 Gbps, called SuperSpeed or SS. USB 3.1 Gen 2 delivers 10 Gbps, called SuperSpeed+.
Compatibility runs in both directions. You can use a USB 3.1 drive with a computer that supports only 2.0, or the other way around. Of course, you’ll only get USB 2.0 speeds in either case. You should get a hub which supports a protocol version at least as high as the computer you’ll use it with.
The USB world includes many different connector types. Computers and hubs have traditionally used the rectangular Type A connector, which is notorious for being difficult to plug in on the first try with the correct orientation. The Type C or USB-C connector has no “wrong way” to plug in, and it has smaller dimensions (8.4 by 2.6 mm). It’s visually recognizable by its rounded ends.
USB-C devices usually support USB 3.1, but this isn’t always true. Check the specifications for the device you’re interested in.
USB-C connectors and cables are the same as the ones Thunderbolt 3 uses. Thunderbolt 3 ports also function as USB ports. However, ordinary USB-C ports don’t support Thunderbolt.
The small trapezoidal connectors you see on many devices are Type B, which has several varieties. Hubs seldom or never use Type B connectors.
Powered hubs have a separate power supply from a wall outlet. This ensures that all devices get enough power to charge and operate properly. A non-powered hub gets power from the computer, but it’s limited. A keyboard or mouse will work fine on a non-powered hub, but a disk driver that depends on USB for its power may not.
Devices that don’t need extra power when plugged directly into a computer may need it when plugged into a hub. The more devices a hub connects, the higher the demands are on its power source. Rackmount hubs usually support a large number of ports, so a powered one is more reliable.
Many hubs have plastic enclosures. Some are inexpensive and fragile, others strong. A metal enclosure is strong, and it shields the electronics from EM interference and magnetic fields. A rugged metal enclosure gives additional protection against shocks and spills. If a hub will be installed in a chaotic environment, a rugged enclosure is a good investment.
Sometimes peripherals develop defects. They may short out and deliver overvoltages to whatever they’re connected to. The result could be serious damage to a hub or computer. A hub with surge protection guards against such events.
The best protection is optical isolation. Such hubs have a gap which the data crosses in optical rather than electronic form. This guards against any overvoltage which isn’t so high that it arcs across the gap. That means withstanding thousands of volts.
Hubs with a rugged metal enclosure and isolation are extremely durable. They’ll withstand rough treatment and last for years.
Equipment sold to the General Services Administration needs to be compliant with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA). It requires that the finished product be made in the USA or another signatory country. While many countries are signatories, some major ones aren’t. If this is an issue, you should check the country of origin (COO) code on a hub before delivering a hub or other equipment as part of a contract.
CoolGear offers USB hubs to meet the most demanding needs. Contact us to find the products that will satisfy your requirements.
Coolgear Labs, the engineering and development division of Coolgear Inc., brings to the market a fully compliant USB 3.1 Gen2 hub. The hub’s unique design offers both DC barrel and 2-wire Phoenix connections, plus type-C and type-A USB ports to cover a broad spectrum of power and speed. Designed with versatility in mind, it can be wall, surface or DIN rail mounted.
Using the latest iteration of USB 3.1, Coolgear Labs produced a hub that complies with both Gen2 and legacy specifications. The hub features one upstream port on the back panel and four downstream facing ports in front. Each port can support SuperSpeed+ USB 10Gbps devices.
Variable Input Voltage
One notable feature of the hub is the Variable Input Voltage with a two-wire Phoenix Contact (included) that allows the hub to be configured for voltages between +7 and 24V DC, depending on the application.
Current Design Features
Looking ahead to Q4
Power Delivery (PD) and 7-port versions of the hub are in the final stages of development and expected to be released in the 4th quarter of this year.
Current projects from Coolgear Labs include:
The USB 3.1 Gen2 hub (part # CG-4P31CHUB) is available now at Coolgear.com and shipping in quantity. For information on pricing, please contact your Coolgear Sales representative or send an email to: email@example.com.
CoolGear Inc. has been developing, manufacturing, and providing premier computer peripherals since 1997. We’re continuing to develop advanced technology and manufacture quality products for various industries.
In addition to our list of industries, we can add competitive educational robotics environments!
Coolgear answered a call received from Team BJORG. Team BJOG (Bloomington Jefferson Outstanding Robotics Group) consists of a group of robotics students from Jefferson High School.
Team BJORG approached Coolgear in the hopes of acquiring two USB 3.0 hub to
accommodate the USB connections in their design of the driver’s station. Coolgear was glad to help the team out; they used the both USB 3.0 hub 7 ports (USBG-BREC307) to connect the 3 touch screen displays, 3 joysticks, 20 buttons and switches.
Team BJORG, a participant in FIRST robotics competition designed and built a Driver’s Station or control panel for the control center of their robotics entry. (“FIRST” is an organization inspiring young people to embrace creativity and engineering ingenuity.) The Driver’s Station is a uniquely designed wood console engineered to accommodate the on-board electronics it uses in the competition.
Find more about the BJORG robotics team on their website’s BJORG Legacy page.
As a result of using the 7 port hubs, the team of engineers used up to 15 USB port connections to handle their incorporated electronics. They were able to mount the hubs to the inside top their console easily for operation and control of the robot.
The team finished enough of the driver’s station to compete in two 2018 competitions. The USBG-BREC307, USBgear’s USB 3.0 hub, powered the LattePanda single board mini PC while in action!
The source pictures included in this post are from the team’s website at the Medtronic Regional competition where they competed with a record of 6-3 finishing 10th out of 60. Great Job Team BJORG!
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Coolgear Inc., an industry leader in computer peripheral development and manufacturing has engineered a PoE system of extending power to the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. Using the benefits of USB Type-C power delivery (USB-PD), the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor can maintain power from a distant power source up to 100 meters away. This is a must have for security minded businesses!
Clearwater, Florida, May. 7, 2018 – USB Type-C power delivery over Ethernet is a new and sought after power delivery method for specialized devices. Coolgear has developed a unique and exceptional extension kit for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera. It utilizes USB Type-C connectivity with Power over Ethernet. Coolgear’s PoE Extension Kit, CG-PWRPNESTKIT, is available now through its website for immediate delivery.
With the already impressive capabilities of the USB Type-C protocol, its ability to adapt to various applications makes Coolgear’s CG-PWRPNESTKIT the Power over Ethernet solution for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. USB Type-C by itself has limitations due to USB protocols, more specifically, its limitation of length while delivering power (The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera has a 25ft. included cable). Coolgear’s Nest Cam Power Extension Kit solution solves the length limitation.
Despite USB Type-C having it limitations, today’s technology is favoring the USB-C protocol for data speeds, power transmission (up to 100W), reversible connector, and its adaptability. This protocol surpasses its previous incarnations to achieve the possibilities and solutions we are now able to develop.
Full Product Details
Visit Nest Cam IQ PoE Kit on coolgear.com for detailed information, diagram, and pictures of the Nest Cam IQ Extender Kit with USB-C PD.
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 https://www.coolgear.com
USB type-C, a power solving giant in a little package! Ever since USB-C standards development came about, a method of power delivery has been a sought after method to power USB devices. We are talking about everything from Type-C enabled cell phones to power hungry laptops computers and whatever is in-between using Type-C.
We’ve found that even the Type-C devices that are meant to distribute power to other Type-C USB devices, (USB power delivery) need a little help. This in no way diminishes the flexibility that USB-C has, it enhances it! We (Coolgear) have incorporated the use of a USB Type-C into our own product design to create a simple and effective power delivery system.
Various designs of our Type-C power pods and power delivery products carry different wattage profiles for different applications. Our AC to DC Power Pod design can be used in combination with a PoE splitter to solve power delivery problems. What kind of problems? See Below:
A common PoE problem solving application used is Coolgear’s CG-UCPASSPL, the 100M PoE Splitter to Type-C 22W AC to DC Power Pod PD Adapter System (pictured above). It very simply connects a PoE splitter to a PoE injector (power source) to the AC to DC power pod through the use of a Cat5/6 cable. The Cat5/6 cable carries the power from the PoE Injector to the splitter and through the passive power pod adapter to the USB-C port. The power profiles supported have a wide range of 5V/3A, 12V/3A, 14.5V/3A, 20V/2.25A with variable voltage inputs.
There are other USB PD methods we have developed using USB Type-C technology. Some of these methods for heavy duty use in harsh, industry environments. High power USB Changers! These are not every day, buy them in a store chargers; these are heavy duty, metal, and mountable chargers. These USB Chargers range from 60 watts up to 500 watts with simultaneous port charging from 4 to 20 USB charging ports. With both surface and rack mounting options, these high power USB chargers are meant to withstand the strain of multiple devices pulling power at the same time. In this case, these heavy duty Type-C USB power delivery chargers charge devices such as power hungry laptops, tablets, or more.
Some key Categories on Coolgear to watch for USB Power Solutions: We are adding new products often!
Designed and developed by Coolgear, a new multi-port USB Type-C / USB Type-A 240W high powered 4 port charging station. Meant for commercial use, the Type-C charging station is designed for power hungry USB devices that depend on fully charged batteries to operate. Charge your laptops, add it to a charging cart or system and experience the benefits of high power charging.
Each USB Type-C port has an output of 60W to support USB-PD (power delivery) applications. This unique USB-C charging station focuses on Type-C product charging but also includes USB Type-A 15W legacy ports for charging older products not supported by a Type-C interface. We have designed the Type-C USB PD charging station with high charging demands in mind; this makes it an EXCELLENT choice for USB-C device charging support!
An innovative technology designed to Expand Capabilities of Current Power over Ethernet (E-PoE) Standard to support low voltage DC output USB type C Power Delivery Devices. Leading the way in commercial and industrial USB-C PD designs, Coolgear has developed a sleek, micro form factor USB-C PD device with the broadest compatibility profile possible. The CG-DCPD21W tested against iPhone 8, Pixel and Pixel 2, Google Wifi, Nestcam, iPad Pro 12.9”, Samsung S8, Eero Pro, and many others to confirm full compatibility in the AT-USBC-Kit and the POE-USBC-Kit.
Model 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.
Model 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