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Parade Introduces USB Type-C Retimer for Host Devices Supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4a HBR3, and Internal Signal Muxing

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By regenerating transmitted signal, repeater for driving USB Type-C
Host receptacle offers increase in system design flexibility and signal
integrity margin

Parade
Technologies
, Ltd. (OTC:4966), a leading high-speed
interface, video display, and touch controller IC supplier, today
announced the PS8818,
a USB Type-C 10 Gigabits/sec retimer that supports both USB 3.1 Gen 2
and DisplayPort 1.4a Alternate Mode. The PS8818 is designed to drive the
USB Type-C receptacle on a USB host system that supports USB 3.1 up to
the Gen 2 data rate (10 Gigabits/sec) and DisplayPort Alt Mode, as a
video source, up to HBR3 (8.1 Gigabits/sec link rate).

The PS8818 is specifically configured to support a host device, such as
an SoC (System-on-Chip), or combined CPU-GPU, that already includes the
port configuration switch to select between USB and DisplayPort Alt Mode
lane configuration. The PS8818 serves as a high-speed signal repeater,
restoring signal integrity for either the USB or DisplayPort signals,
depending on what's plugged into the USB Type-C receptacle. The PS8818
complements Parade's existing family of USB Type-C port configuration
switches that also include the repeater function.

Host devices today are beginning to integrate the USB / DisplayPort Alt
Mode lane switch to decrease device pin count and simplify PCB layout,
both of which contribute to smaller device form factors. But at these
extreme data rates, PCB traces beyond a few inches still need a repeater
to deliver compliant signals from the system's USB Type-C receptacle.
The PS8818 is unique in that it can serve as a repeater for either USB
or DisplayPort, or two lanes of each which is often required for driving
a docking station, for example.

"The PS8818 leverages Parade's expertise in high-speed data signal
integrity and USB Type-C interfaces," said Jimmy Chiu, Executive VP of
Marketing at Parade Technologies. "The PS8818 allows designers to locate
the host chip and USB-C interfaces anywhere in their system and still
have wide compliance test margin and solid interoperability with
external USB devices and/or DisplayPort displays. The PS8818 is designed
for the next-generation of main stream personal computers that support
USB 3.1 and DisplayPort Alt Mode, using new source devices with the
integrated USB Type-C port configuration switch."

The PS8818 uses a data retimer for USB rates up to 10Gbps and requires
no external crystal or clock reference. A re-driver with AUX Channel
snooping is used for DisplayPort, a technique patented by Parade,
enabling the system to comply with DisplayPort link training
requirements without the need for external device control.

Availability

The PS8818 is available in 4x6mm 40-pin and 3.1x4.4mm 34-pin QFN RoHS
compliant, halogen free packages. Samples are shipping now.

About Parade Technologies

Parade Technologies, Ltd. (OTC:4966) is a leading fabless
supplier of mixed-signal ICs for a variety of popular display, touch
controller, and high-speed interface standards used in computers,
consumer electronics and display panels. Parade's IC products serve the
growing demand for DisplayPort™, eDP™ (Embedded DisplayPort), HDMI®,
SATA, PCI Express and USB ICs for display, touch, storage and interface
applications.

Parade leverages its close relationships with market-leading Tier-1 OEMs
to develop ICs that provide unique system capabilities. Many of the
company's devices integrate proprietary technologies that offer superior
system signal integrity, advanced system integration and enhanced power
efficiency. As a result of the company's "standards-plus" design
philosophy, Parade ICs have been designed into products offered by
nearly every leading computer and display vendor worldwide.

Parade Technologies, Inc., is a wholly owned US-based subsidiary of
Parade Technologies, Ltd. Parade Technologies, Inc. can be reached at
(408) 329-5540, or on the Internet at http://www.paradetech.com.

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