System-Level Design

Technical Considerations For Implementing USB 3.0 On SoCs

A deep dive into the features and enhancements in USB 3.0, and the resulting technical complexities and resulting design challenges.


The Universal Serial Bus (USB) protocol has been the standard way to connect computers to external devices for nearly two decades. The protocol continues to evolve to support the growing demands of consumer devices. With its simplicity of use, USB is the number one choice of connectivity protocols in the consumer world. USB 3.0 early adoption began in 2010. Now, key USB software and systems providers are shipping high volumes of products with USB 3.0. The ecosystem around USB 3.0 is in place. USB 3.0 is no longer just for cutting-edge applications.

This paper highlights specific features and enhancements in the USB 3.0 protocol, and:
—Outlines technical complexities and the resulting design challenges;
—Shows how a USB 3.0 core’s reconfigurability can broaden a design’s potential applications and reuse;
—Discusses USB 3.0 selection and implementation considerations.

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