This section provides an overview for usb analyzers as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 16 usb analyzer manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked usb analyzer companies as of December, 2023: 1.Ellisys, 2.Adafruit, 3.Total Phase, Inc..
A USB Analyzer is a device inserted between a host and peripheral devices communicating on the USB bus to capture data packets flowing on the bus and analyze the bus according to the USB protocol.
Before the USB bus was standardized, the interface between a PC and peripheral devices differed from device to device, requiring separate keyboards, mice, printers, etc., which was very complicated and expensive. This was because it was necessary to prepare circuits and driver software to drive the bus according to each interface standard.
With the release of the USB bus protocol, peripheral devices need only support the USB bus protocol as an interface.
USB is now used in PCs, tablets, smartphones, cell phones, digital cameras, printers, PC peripherals, and more recently, cars. Some devices have several USB ports.
The USB terminals on each device are available in several shapes due to the size of the device and its limitations.
The Type-A connector has a rectangular insertion opening when viewed from the outside. This type is a standard connector and is usually used for PCs.
Type-C can be used without concern for the direction in which it is plugged in and is compatible with the USB 3.1 standard, which supports high-speed transfers. Recently, as notebook PCs and smartphones have become smaller, this type of connector has also become lighter and smaller.
Type-B is used for relatively large devices such as printers. In addition, there are MicroUSB used for smartphones and MiniUSB used for digital cameras.
USB Analyzer is a device for analyzing data transmission on the USB bus for devices with the above USB terminals.
The USB bus allows up to 5 repeaters (hubs) to be connected to one host, and up to 127 peripheral devices can be connected.
The USB Analyzer analyzes the bus according to the protocols defined for the USB bus described above. In USB, communication between the host and peripheral devices is based on packets, the smallest unit of which is a chunk of bit strings.
The communication of a data string consisting of multiple packets is called a transaction. This is the basis of data communication, and there are four transfer modes of communication over this physical communication: control transfer, interrupt transfer, bulk transfer, and isochronous transfer.
USB Analyzers come in a wide variety of sizes and functions. In addition to the common stationary type that is always connected to a PC, the following two types are typical types:
This type allows measurement results to be checked without a PC. Some models are equipped with a display monitor for visual confirmation, a simple printout function to print out the results, and an SD card or other storage device to transfer data to a PC at a later time.
It is lightweight and ultra-compact enough to fit in a breast pocket. It is portable and USB bus-powered, so no AC power supply or adapter is required. Considering that it can be used in any environment, bundled software is often available for various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and MacOSX.
Consider the case where a mouse is connected as a USB peripheral device. Generally, when a mouse is connected to a PC as a new device, you are not asked to install a device driver.
This is because the USB peripheral device takes a procedure to inform the host of its identity immediately after connecting to the PC and initiating communication. Based on this information from the peripheral device, the host retrieves and configures the standard device driver it holds internally.
This eliminates the need to install a device driver each time a new USB peripheral device is connected.
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Total Phase, Inc. was established in 2001 and is a manufacturer of embedded systems products based in Sunnyvale, California, United States. The company sells lines of products based on various system protocols, such as I2C, SPI, USB, CAN, and eSPI. Various companies has been partnered with the company for application of the products such as Analog Devices, Intel, Texas Instruments, Microchip Technology, and Renesas Electronics. The company has won awards from various events including ECN Impact Awards 2017, R&D 100 Awards 2017, and Best in Test 2012.
Keysight Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1939 and headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. Keysight is a global developer and manufacturer of electronic design and test solutions to communications, networking, aerospace, defense, and government, automotive, energy, semiconductor, electronic, and education industries. Keysight’s communications solutions group solutions include electronic design automation software; radio frequency and microwave test solutions, hardware and virtual network test platforms and software applications, as well as optical laser source solutions. Keysight’s electronic industrial solutions group offers various design tools and verification tools. Keysight offers product support, technical support, and training and consulting services. It sells its products through direct sales force, distributors, resellers, and manufacturer's representatives.
Telednye LeCroy was established in 1964 in Chestnut Ridge, New York and is a designer and manufacturer of oscilloscopes, modular data acquisition, sensors and calibrators for testing and improving design processes. The company makes LCR meters, electronic loads, torque sensors and load cells, PCI Express, and waveform generators for these industries: military and aerospace, consumer electronics, telecommunications, semiconductor and automotive. It also provides protocol technology training, automotive and device Interoperability testing, and signal integrity academy training services.
Artisan Technology Group is a supplier of Measuring & Test Equipment based in Illinois. The company provides parts and components for various businesses such as semiconductors for manufacturing sectors, instruments, incubators, microscopes, and more for Lab and Analytic departments, there are also communication products and electrical testers, analyzers, and furthermore there are drives, control systems for PLC and Motors with other products related to ARINC, VME, and VXI. Overall there is a vast inventory of equipment that serves the industrial, commercial, and military systems.
Frontline, established in 1964 and headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York, is a manufacturer and supplier of oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers, and comprehensive test solutions. The company's product range includes oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers, waveform generators, and digital multimeters, catering to industries like electronics, automotive, and telecommunications. They offer services such as protocol technology testing and automotive interoperability. With extensive industrial expertise, it aims to provide cutting-edge technology that enhances electronic design and testing. Its devotion to quality is underscored by its ISO/IEC 17025 certification, ensuring quality standards.
Saelig Company Inc, established in 1988 by AlanLowne is a New York, USA-based distributor of electronics including electronic control and instrumentation equipment & components used in industrial users, military, educational institutions, and hospitals sectors. The company's product portfolio is composed of industrial PCs, ultrasonics, data loggers, converters, and cables such as RF cables, USB active & passive cables, ethernet cables, and cable adapters. They also offer various test equipment such as current clamps, analyzers, calibrators, analyzers, and oscilloscopes including benchtop, handheld, mixed-signal, portable tablet, and PC-based oscillators.
Adafruit Industries, established in 2005, is an American manufacturer based in New York, specializing in electronics and do-it-yourself (DIY) electronics kits. The company offers a diverse array of products, including breakout and development boards, circuit playgrounds, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), robotics, computer numerical control (CNC) components, and various electronics project accessories. Adafruit also supports open-source hardware and software, hosting all of its code and hardware on GitHub, a website service for managing code and files. Adafruit also provides a range of tutorials, guides, and project ideas aimed at inspiring and educating electronics enthusiasts, makers, and hobbyists in creating interactive electronic projects.
Lineeye Co., Ltd. was established in 1986 and is based in Kyoto, Japan, as a manufacturer of electronic equipment. It specializes in manufacturing protocol analyzers, interface converters, and LAN connection type LANIO. It also manufactures memory cards, cables, terminal blocks, battery packs, and voltage boosters. The company acquired several ISO certifications, including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. It has partnered with companies such as Panasonic Electric, Sharp, Sony, and IBM. Its manufactured products are catered to the information technology, telecommunications, energy and power, automation, and electrical sectors across Japan, China, Korea, Germany, and the USA.
Ellisys, established in 2000 in Geneva, Switzerland, is a manufacturer and supplier of advanced protocol test and analysis solutions. The company specializes in providing tools for testing USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi technologies, ensuring the seamless connectivity and performance of devices across various industries. Ellisys' products are crucial for engineers, developers, and manufacturers who need accurate insights into protocol behavior. Their solutions are used in optimizing product design and ensuring compatibility. Ellisys continues to empower the tech industries with cutting-edge tools that facilitate the development of dependable and performance communication systems.