LOTS of USB devices for testing?
Software testing is a complicated subject and is beyond the scope of this post. But Cambrionix are experts in designing the hardware required to enable your testing. They are also good at integrating our hardware into your existing test setups via our Cambrionix API. If you would like to know just how complicated this can be take a look at the different software testing levels!
So, just how many devices are you testing?
So, with 64 devices you have a few choices to make:
- Are the devices power hungry ie. Do they ship with a 10W+ charger?
- Is it important to control the ports which the target devices are connected to?
- Do you need to monitor the current consumption of the target devices during testing?
- How important is data transfer speed to you?
- Do you need to share your devices over a network?
The choices above will determine which product you should use to connect your target devices to your host but lets look at 3 options (option 2 and 3 to follow!):
Testing Option #1500mA target devices (not power hungry), port control and monitoring not required and data transfer speed isn’t the highest priority. Devices do not need to be shared over a network.
This is the typical scenario for small device manufacturers – little IOT sensors, battery powered ‘dongles’, small phones or audio players etc. The devices simply need to be powered-up and connected en-masse to a host computer.
SolutionOur SyncPad54 is the best solution for this scenario. It operates as a standard USB hub but with the addition of a full 500mA @5V (2.5W) available to each of its 54 ports simultaneously. The SyncPad54, as with a standard USB hub, shares data bandwidth between the devices connected to it.
What this means in real terms is that if you are transferring large amounts of data you will see a reduction in performance vs some of our other products. If you are only transferring small amounts of data then the SyncPad54 is a great choice.
It is compact, highly reliable and independently safety tested by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
In order to get the 64 ports you would need to either utilize some existing ports on your host computer or add one of our PowerPad products to your host for an extra 15 ports. Alternatively, you could get another SyncPad54 hooked-up to your host and rock a full 108 ports!