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[FAQ] Thunderbolt Reference Designs with TI USB-C PD Products

Other Parts Discussed in Thread: TPS65988DJ, TPS65982BB, TPD6S300A, TPS65988DK, TPS65982DMC, TPS55288, TPS2546, TPD4S311A, TPS65987DDK, TPS25810, TPS2553

For customers looking to design thunderbolt systems with USB-C, how should one determine which PD controller to use for which Thunderbolt Technology?

  • TI USB-C PD Controllers in ThunderboltTm Devices

    TI works alongside Intel to test, validate, and certify that our USB-C Power Delivery controllers support Intel Thunderbolt Reference Designs and ensure customers developing Thunderbolt solutions have a smooth experience when using TI products. Below shows the different USB-C PD controllers TI offer's to pair with Intel's various Thunderbolt Controllers, which are often found in USB Device applications such as docking stations and monitors.

    To access the necessary files to support your Thunderbolt projects, please request access via the link below.

    Please stay tuned for more product releases as Thunderbolt technology continues to develop! To learn more about TI's USB-C PD Controllers in Thunderbolt Device applications like Docking Stations and Monitors, please reach out to us at:


    Intel® Reference Design



    USB-C PD Controller

    TI Accessory Products

    TBT3 - Titan Ridge

    Tapex Creek

    Dual Port TBT Device with TBT3, DP1.4, and 85W Source capabilities


    TPS65982BB - Billboard Controller

    TPD6S300A - CC/SBU OVP Protection

    TBT4 - Goshen Ridge

    Gorilla Creek

    Four Port TBT Device with TBT4, USB4, and 90W Source capabilities from UFP port


    TPS65982DMC - Dock Management Controller

    TPS55288 - 20V Buck/Boost Converter

    TPS2546 - USB-A BC1.2 Charging Port Controller

    TPD4S311A - CC/SBU OVP Protection

    TBT4 - Goshen Ridge

    Gladiator Creek

    TBT4 Desktop Front Panel and Optimized Docking Station


    TPS65982DMC - Dock Management Controller

    TPD4S311A - CC/SBU OVP Protection

    TBT4 - Goshen Ridge

    Gulliver Creek

    Mainstream Dock


    TPS65982DMC - Dock Management Controller

    TPS25810 - USB Type-C 15W DFP Controller

    TPS2546 - USB-A BC1.2 Charging Port Controller

    TPS2553 - USB-A load switch

    TPD4S311A - CC/SBU OVP Protection