USB 3.0 performance extended to 100 meters

18 June 2014

Cypress’s FX3 peripheral controller and EverPro’s active optical cable enable real-time streaming of uncompressed HD video.
Cypress’s FX3 peripheral controller and EverPro’s active optical cable enable real-time streaming of uncompressed HD video.

Cypress’s FX3 peripheral controller and EverPro’s active optical cable enable real-time streaming of uncompressed HD video.

EverPro Technologies and Cypress Semiconductor announced the completion of successful interoperability testing between both Cypress’s EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 peripheral controller and EZ-USB CX3 camera controller and EverPro’s U3C A0A0-100 USB 3.0 active optical cable (AOC). EverPro is demonstrating the U3C A0A0-100 solution at the 9th China International Machine Vision Exhibition here in Shenzhen from June 18 to June 20, 2014.

USB 3.0 is gaining popularity in machine vision and industrial cameras thanks to its 5 Gbps bandwidth that enables high-resolution, high-frame-rate imaging in real time without the need for compression, which degrades image quality. However, USB 3.0 currently has a maximum cable length of 3 meters that has limited its adoption. EverPro’s USB 3.0 transmission solution with active optical cable technology overcomes this limitation and extends full USB 3.0 performance up to 100 meters. This cable length extension allows Cypress USB 3.0 solutions to be easily and cost effectively deployed across a wider range of machine vision and industrial applications, removing cable length limitations in camera placement and installation.


EZ-USB FX3 and CX3 are the industry’s most popular USB 3.0 solutions for HD video. The FX3 is equipped with a highly configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF™ II) which can be programmed in 8-, 16- and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II allows FX3 to communicate directly with application processors, FPGAs, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate at up to 400 Megabytes per second. The CX3 controller supports the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Camera Serial Interface Type 2 (CSI-2) standard with up to 4 lanes at speed up to 1 Gbps per lane. CX3 interfaces directly with any MIPI CSI-2 compliant image sensor or image processor. CX3 is capable of steaming 1080p video at 30 frames a second or 720p 60 fps without the need for compression. Both FX3 and CX3 come with an ARM9 CPU and 512KB SRAM, providing 200 MIPS of computational power for image processing and buffering.  


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