Programmable and Software Controlled USB hubs and Switches

INDUSTRIAL PROGRAMMABLE USB HUBS AND SWITCHES

INDUSTRIAL PROGRAMMABLE USB HUBS AND SWITCHES

Acroname hubs and switches are used by major OEMs and CMs throughout the world and were designed specifically to handle automation of USB handling in manufacturing environments and test labs. 

Acroname's industrial USB Hubs are high-quality, fully-tested and optimized for manufacturing and development environments. These hubs feature full programmability with both a host PC interface and an embedded, real-time operating system (RTOS) by integrating Acroname's powerful BrainStem® technology. 

Acroname's USB-C-Switch is a programmable, bi-directional 4-port USB type-C switch.  The USB-C-Switch enables automated testing and validation of USB-C products and other type-C applications in your manufacturing line or lab.

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Comparison TABLE

  USBHub2x4 USBHub3+ USB-C-Switch
CONNECTIVITY Many devices simultaneously to one of two hosts Many devices simultaneously to one of two hosts One of four devices/host to one host/device
PRICE $ 325 $ 475 $ 500 (passive)
$ 650 (redriver)
Device Ports 4 programmable 8 programmable 1 or 4 USB-C
Host Ports (upstream) 2 type mini-B 2 (USB 3.0 type-B) 4 or 1 USB-C
Control Ports Shared with both host ports Shared with both host ports and 1 dedicated (type mini-B)) 1 USB-C
Daisy Chain Capability Yes (by using one downstream port) Yes (dedicated daisy chain port or any downstream port) yes
USB Speeds Low Speed (1Mbps) 
Full Speed (12Mbps)
High Speed (480Mbps)
Low Speed (1Mbps)
Full Speed (12Mbps)
High Speed (480Mbps)
Super Speed (5Gbps)
Low Speed (1Mbps)
Full Speed (12Mbps)
High Speed (480Mbps)
Super Speed (5Gbps)
USB Link Speed Reporting No YES No
Individual Port Enable/Disable Power
USB Data
Full port (power and data)
Powe
USB Dat
USB SS Data
Full port (power and data)
Power
USB Data
USB SS Data
CC
SBU
Full port
USB Charge Modes SDP
CDP (full BC 1.2 support)
SDP
CDP (full BC 1.2 support)
USB-PD all versions
USB Charge Current up to 2.5A per port up to 5A per port, total 65W max Up to 5A
USB Current Limit Programmability Discrete steps (per USB BC1.2) 1mA steps 0-4.095A NA
USB Current Measurement Resolution 10mA 1mA 1.95mA
USB Voltage Measurement Resolution 10mV 8mV 8mV
Input Voltage Range 9V-24V 9V-24V 5V (USB-PD)
Input Voltage Monitoring YES YES YES
Input Current Monitoring NO YES NO
Internal Temperature Monitoring YES YES NO
Input Power Barrel jack (5.5mm OD,
2.5mm ID)
Barrel jack (5.5mm OD, 2.5mm ID)
3 Position Terminal Block Header
(+, -, earth)
USB-C
ESD Performance +/-30kV (exceeds IEC61000-4-2 Level 4) +/-30kV (IEC61000-4-2 Level 4) +/-30kV (IEC61000-4-2 Level 4)
DIN Rail Mountable Yes (Acroname part
C31-DINM-1)
Yes (Acroname part C31-DINM-1) Yes (Acroname part
C31-DINM-1)
Programming Interface BrainStem API (C, C++,
Python), TestStand, LabView
BrainStem API (C, C++, Python),
TestStand, LabView
BrainStem API (C, C++, Python),
TestStand, LabView
Case Dimensions (L x W x H) 3.75 x 3.4 x 1.05 inches
(95.25 x 86.36 x 26.67 mm)
4.19 x 5.42 x 1.05 inches
(106.50 x 137.78 x 26.69 mm)
3.4 x 3.75 x 0.63 inches
(86.4 x 95.25 x 16.02 mm)
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USE CASES
  • Mobile device and tablet testing
    Validation and production testing of power-hungry mobile devices is demanding on USB hubs. Most consumer grade hubs can brown out, reset or just fail when power demands become too great. Acroname hubs are designed to deliver and accurately monitor the power you need in your test environment. Best of all, you can enable any port via software to ensure that you are communicating with only the DUT(s) you want, when you want.
  • Manufacturing test
    We designed Acroname hubs with world-class hardware that you can trust to keep running. We understand the rigors of production testing and the reliability demanded by manufacturing teams. High power drive requirements? Short circuited DUT? Reversed power supplies? No problem. Even ESD certification labs can’t break these hubs. Compare Acroname hubs with others to see for yourself: Acroname hubs lead the industry in uptime and robustness.
  • Battery conditioning
    Acroname hubs accurately monitor voltage and current on each port, so you know exactly how much energy is used to charge your device or battery. Once your device is charged to your specifications, you can disable power on that port to ensure that the device does not get too much energy or overcharge.
  • Software regression testing
    Take control of the order in which your devices enumerate. Acroname provides software control with a simple, elegant API to monitor and manage your hub exactly the way you want to. Even with industrial hubs, USB devices enumerate in the order that the OS and the hub decides. Using Acroname hubs, you can enable ports in exactly the sequence you choose, so you can ensure COM ports are always restored in the correct order.
  • System backup and cold-spares
    With Acroname USB Hub 3+, you can minimize the risks involved with backing up your system. Don't let ransomware take your connected USB backup drive! With an Acroname Programmable USB hub, seven backup drives are used together to create seven different daily backups — one for each day of the week. For extra protection, you have the option to safely disconnect the drives, use a batch file for the command, or set up two hubs for extra backup. Read our blog to learn more about how our USB Hubs can do your system backup for you.
  • Harsh industrial environments
    Not all hubs are created equal. Many industrial USB hubs are simply consumer-grade hubs which are repackaged to metal enclosures. Our engineers designed Acroname hubs from the ground up with careful attention to the types of issues that cause hubs to fail, including ESD strikes. Come see how Acroname hubs exceed the toughest ESD standards in the industry and some of the industry leading tools we used to do it.
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