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Plugable Launches USB Type-C to VGA Adapter

One of the exciting new features of the USB 3.1 Type-C standard is the ability to provide an additional native video output connection through the USB Type-C port when the appropriate adapter is attached. This new functionality is enabled by USB 3.1’s ability to carry “Alternate Mode” (Alt Mode) signals through dedicated lanes, beyond just […]

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USBC-TKEY in use

Plugable Delivers USB-C Power Delivery Debug Device Based on Google “Twinkie” platform

The new USB-C connector and USB-PD specification enable charging at up to 100W. However, the protocol for negotiation between host and charger can be complex. As Google was building the Chromebook Pixel (the first USB-C device to hit the market), it created a tool to allow the engineers to see what was happening at the […]

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Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C to VGA Adapter

Product Description The Plugable USBC-VGA adapter enables a full HD-capable VGA output from systems which support “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” (Alt Mode) via USB-C such as the Apple 12″ Retina MacBook 2015, the Chromebook Pixel 2015, and upcoming systems based on the Intel Skylake/Alpine Ridge platform. Alt Mode adapters allow you to add an additional display […]

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Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C Power Delivery Sniffer

The Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C Power Delivery Sniffer (USBC-TKEY for short) enables the monitoring of USB power delivery traffic between two USB Type-C devices Our device is designed to enable those working with the new USB-C PD standard to have a window into what communications are occurring between devices. When connected between a Type-C host […]

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Robust and Adjustable Stand for Plugable’s 250x USB Microscope

The Plugable USB microscope is an incredibly versatile and fun product to use. When I plugged it in, I was immediately struck by how even the most mundane objects became totally fascinating. This week I designed a rigid stand for the microscope to allow stable picture-taking and durability. Here is the design. While the gooseneck […]

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Customizable Desktop Battlestation

This week, I revisited my old friends the UD-3900 and UD-3000 docking stations. Previously, I designed a VESA mount system to hold the docking station in place behind a monitor. This time around, I wanted to create something that would make our docking stations a focal point of the desk—foregoing overt minimalism in favor of […]

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Windows 10 Work-Around for UD-PRO8 Docking Station Audio Issue

After updating to newly-released Windows 10, several customers have contacted us saying the audio in their Pro8 docking stations stopped working. Testing has shown that this happens only in 32-bit versions of Windows 10, not 64-bit. However, the majority of the tablets compatible with the UD-PRO8 are using 32-bit Windows and will experience this issue […]

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Adventures in Stackability and Modularity

We’ve had several customer requests for mounts that can stack several of our HUB7BC and HUB7-81X hubs. Both of these devices offer seven USB 3.0 ports, but with larger workstation setups, seven ports is sometimes not enough. While multiple hubs can work together electronically, a frustrating reality is that their cases do not stack neatly. […]

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Installing Plugable USB-Ethernet Drivers in Windows 10

Update: A Windows 10 driver now exists for the USB2-E1000. However, it will not appear in the CD that comes with the adapter until the next lot of adapters is shipped. The updated driver can be downloaded from this link: Windows 10/8/8.1, 7, Vista, and XP drivers for USB2-E1000. If you are not able to […]

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Powerstrip Bracket

3D Printed Bracket for Desktop Powerstrip

Last week a hotel chain reached out to us about our PS2-USB4 power strip. They really liked using it in their rooms, but wanted to discourage guests from bringing it home as a Plugable souvenir. This was a particularly interesting design problem for several reasons: The primary task was to design a mounting mechanism to […]

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