US 9,811,483 B2
Configurable serial communication hub
Win N. Maung, Plano, TX (US); Charles M. Campbell, Wylie, TX (US); and Suzanne M. Vining, Plano, TX (US)
Assigned to Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas, TX (US)
Filed by TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED, Dallas, TX (US)
Filed on Jun. 17, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/186,076.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/182,177, filed on Jun. 19, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0371206 A1, Dec. 22, 2016
Int. Cl. G06F 13/20 (2006.01); G06F 13/10 (2006.01); G06F 13/42 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 13/20 (2013.01) [G06F 13/102 (2013.01); G06F 13/4282 (2013.01); Y02B 60/1228 (2013.01); Y02B 60/1235 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A serial communication hub, comprising:
an upstream port;
a plurality of downstream ports; and
a port controller configured to:
arrange a first port of the plurality of downstream ports and a second port of the plurality of downstream ports to operate in combination as a serial communication interface,
determine an orientation of a cable connector coupled to the serial communication interface, and
based on the determined orientation, enable one of the first port and the second port, and disable the other port.