USB C allows data transfer, but also has provisions for transferring data related to power distribution. Of course, where there is data, there is a need to snoop on data for troubleshooting or reverse engineering. That’s the idea behind the open source Type-C/PD Analyzer.
According to the project the features include:
- Spec support: USB PD 2.0 and USB Type-C 1.1
- Allows pass-through of legacy USB, USB 2.0, USB 3.1, and Alternate mode
- Non-intrusive, preserves signal integrity and timing conditions
- Transparent interposing on a USB Type-C connection
- Displays Packet timing
- Monitors USB Type-C state machine
- Exporting received packets as CSV and proprietary bin file format
- Complete PD packet decoding
- Supports Real-time decoding and Error detection
- Sniffing PD traffic on both CC lines
- Displays the CC packets in a human readable form
- Monitors CC and VBus line voltage and displays graphically
There’s more detail at the project’s crowdfunding page. There’s also a video (below). We covered the USB C connector recently. We’ve also seen how bogus type C cables can even be harmful to your computer.
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