Microchip Releases PoE to USB Type-C Power and Data Adapter

The adapter enables extended installation reach of USB Type-C devices while supporting a variety of input PoE standards.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) announces a Power over Ethernet (PoE) to USB-C adapter with the highest power capability that converts both power and data while offering up to 60W USB output power via an Ethernet cable supported by PoE infrastructure.

The adapter (part no. PD-USB-DP60) can accept up to 90W of PoE and convert it to 60W output over USB-C that will power most cameras, laptops, tablets and other devices using USB-C for input power.

The company says the adapter simplifies installation by reducing dependency on AC infrastructure. Without the dependency of an AC outlet, there is no longer a range limitation of three meters and power can be delivered over 100 meters. The adapter is also said to enhance the remote power management capabilities of the USB-C power device.

The remote power reset capability, provided by the PoE source, allows power cycling via web interface or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to reset the device, rather than having to manually unplug and restart at the location of the equipment.

Microchip’s PoE to USB-C adapter can connect to a variety of PoE sources with various standards deployed. It supports newer IEEE 802.3af/at/bt standards as well as legacy PoE standards. Having a versatile adapter is crucial due to the many different implementations of PoE already installed.

“This new device is ideal for easily deploying USB-C devices and providing them long-range power and data connectivity,” says Iris Shuker, director of Microchip’s PoE business unit. “The adapters are built using Microchip’s USB power delivery ICs and PoE chipsets and are a perfect pairing with our latest PoE injectors and midspans.”

Having the capability of converting 90W input to 60W output enables devices requiring higher power charging to make use of PoE that could not have done so before. The adapter can be paired with Microchip’s cost-effective single-port and multi-port (up to 24) PoE injectors/midspans and switches that comply with IEEE 802.3af/at/bt industry standards and provide up to 90W power per port. If a lower power is needed to power the USB-C device, IEEE802.3af (15.4W) or IEEE802.3at (30W) PoE sources can be used.

The company also offers key integrated circuit solutions that enable the PoE to USB-C adapter, including the PD70xxx family of PoE ICs and the LAN7800 USB-to-Ethernet bridge.

Functionality is enabled by Microchip’s Power Delivery Software Framework (PSF), an open-source Power Delivery (PD) stack that runs on the UPD301C PD controller and provides full PD 3.0 capability and customization for the company’s PD controllers, microcontrollers and USB hubs.

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