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IoT Workshop: A practical introduction to USB 2.0 and 3.1 protocol

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11th October 2017

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CENSIS IoT Centre Technology Seminar Series

Inovo Building, George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD

11 October 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Please join CENSIS and Telexsus for a free, interactive workshop; another in the series of seminars brought to you by the CENSIS IoT Centre.


The IoT Centre at CENSIS helps companies overcome many of the challenges they face in product development and allows them to fast-track the development of IoT products and services. In addition to a demonstration area and project development space, we offer regular technology seminars with high profile vendors to provide advice and guidance on how best to use their products to generate greater business efficiencies.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is based around practical, hands on sessions and is aimed at hardware and software engineers, system integrators and technical support service engineers who are using or are looking to use the USB2.0 or 3.1 Interface.

Regrettably the workshop is not suitable for current undergraduates or new graduates.


To provide participants with a working knowledge of USB through a mixture of theory and practical labs.

Participants will capture USB 2.0 traffic using a Teledyne LeCroy USB protocol analyser and will be taught how to interpret the captured data packets by using the industry leading USB protocol suite.


The Universal Serial Bus – USB – is by far the most commonly used interface in computer environments but the implementation in the embedded market can be a challenge for the developer.  Even engineers who are integrating products which connect via USB can find themselves with a system that does not function due to a USB issue and no means of identifying the origin of the fault.

This workshop provides visibility into the structure and analysis of the USB protocol.  Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of the USB protocol, and the theory will be backed up by a series of hands-on labs.  Each participant will use their Mercury T2 to capture and analyse USB traffic from a series of USB devices provided to each attendee.  USB devices covered include: USB hubs, audio devices, human interface devices and mass storage. Participants will also be shown how to identify common issues encountered with USB and how to measure and interpret bus utilisation and throughput.

There will be an introduction to the USB 3.1 Gen1 & Gen2 standards, USB Power Delivery and the Type-C™ Cable and Connector Specification.

Participants will use one of Teledyne LeCroy’s industry leading USB protocol analysers to capture traces from their own USB devices.

Required Kit

You will need to bring your own laptop on the day. We’ll provide refreshments and lunch.

Apply to join us

Places for this event are limited to 12 delegates and we expect there will be a lot of interest.

To register your interest, email us and provide the following information:

  1. Confirm you’d like to attend the ‘USB Protocol’ workshop
  2. Name and contact details (email and telephone number)
  3. Job title and current employer
  4. Please let us know in a couple of sentences why you are interested in this workshop

The deadline for applying is 20 September 2017. We will contact you by 27 September to let you know the outcome of your application. 

Please note that because of the limited number of places, we’ll have to give priority to engineers with experience or a proven interest in this area.

This is joint event from CENSIS and Telexsus and your application information may be shared with all three organisations.