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Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter Lets You Connect More Through USB Type-C

As devices become slimmer and more portable, traditional connectors like USB Type-A, DisplayPort/HDMI, and power are going the way of USB Type-C. Many of the latest Mac's and Android phones/tablets only have the USB Type-C connector, there isn't much room left for other interfaces, which is where the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter comes in.

When connected to a USB Type-C based Mac with a single USB Type-C to Type-C cable, the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter provides your Mac with a HDMI 1.4 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s) Type-A port. The Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter should also be compatible with other PC's, tablets, and smartphones that support DisplayPort over USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 technologies, but it's better to check with the manufacturer's specs or GTrusted for compatibility information.

The Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter comes in nice retail packaging that shows off its smooth aluminum body that is very compatible style-wise to the Mac.

The product information can be found at the back of the box.

Inside the box, there's only a warranty card along with the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter. Other than silver, the Moshi dock also comes in satin gold and golden rose finishing which are also very compatible to Mac colors. 

The Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter comes with a tethered non-removable USB Type-C cable that is used to connect to your computing device. You will need to connect another USB Power Delivery based Type-C AC adapter (up to 60W) to the USB Type-C receptacle of the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter so that power can flow through to the computing device.

There's also an LED indicator at the top corner of the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter that indicates when charging is happening.

The slot which the tethered USB Type-C cable comes out from allows the cable to be folded and stored inside when not in use.  

The front of the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter contains a USB Type-C port for charging, a HDMI 1.4 port for 4K@30hz video, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s) Type-A port for data. Any USB data peripheral like a USB storage drive connected to the dock's USB Type-A port should be accessible by the computing device. If the computing device supports DisplayPort over USB Type-C and/or Thunderbolt 3, you can also link up an external 4K monitor from the HDMI port to output video up to 4K@30hz resolution depending on the capability of the computing device and monitor. If the computing device supports USB Power Delivery based charging, you can add up to a 60W USB Power Delivery based AC adapter to the USB Type-C port.

Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see in the PD Communication Engine test results below that the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter supports 10 watts (5 volts @ 2 amps) fixed PDO for charging. Note some compliance failures were observed.

USB Power Delivery Compliance Test Report

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

Moshi

Model Number

Type-C Travel Dock

Serial Number

Comm

Test Information

Date and Time:

20180803_223426

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

065.085.065.060.095.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.5.8

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.5.0.14

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

Consumer Only

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Cable Type.

USB-Type-C-Cable

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS CTS Version

1.09

Noise Pattern Generation:

Two-Tone Noise

VIF info

*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.

Test cases Execution Time:

0h:4m:17s

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

Vendor_Name

VIA Labs, Inc.

TID

0x37C

Type_C

NONE

SOP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Debug_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Debug_Capable

NONE

Manufacturer_Info_Supported_Port

NONE

USB_Comms_Capable

NONE

DR_Swap_To_DFP_Supported

NONE

DR_Swap_To_UFP_Supported

NONE

Externally_Powered

NONE

VCONN_Swap_To_On_Supported

NONE

VCONN_Swap_To_Off_Supported

NONE

Responds_To_Discov

NONE

Responds_To_Discov

NONE

Attempts_Discov

NONE

Chunking_Implemented_SOP

NO

Unchunked_Extended_Messages_Supported

NO

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Src

NONE

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Snk

NONE

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Src

NONE

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Snk

NONE

Structured_VDM_Version

V1.0

Data_Capable_As_USB_Host

NO

Data_Capable_As_USB_Device

YES

Product_Type_DFP_SOP

Undefined

Modal_Operation_Supported

YES

Security_Msgs_Supported_SOP

NO

USB_VID

0x2109

PID

0x100

BCDDevice

0x1

SVIDs Min

1

SVIDs Max

1

SVID1SOP

FF01

SVID1Modes Min

1

SVID1Modes Max

1

SVID1Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

NO

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0xC8(2A)

USB Suspend may be cleared

NONE

Send Ping

NONE

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

NO

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0xC8(2A)

USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary

Sl No

Test Category

Test Group Description

Test Result

1

PHY_PRIMARY_TX

BMC Physical Layer Transmitter

FAIL

2

PHY_PRIMARY_RX

BMC Physical Layer Receiver

FAIL

3

PHY_PRIMARY_MISC

BMC Phyiscal Layer Miscellaneous

PASS

4

PROT_PRIMARY

Protocol Specific Primary

PASS

5

POWER_PRIMARY

Power Source/Sink Primary

PASS

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

TDA.2.1.1.1 BMC PHY TX EYE

FAIL

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

TDA.2.1.1.2 BMC PHY TX BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

TDA.2.1.2.2 BMC PHY RX INT REJ

FAIL

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

TDA.2.1.2.1 BMC PHY RX BUSIDL

FAIL

5

TDA.2.1.3.1

TDA.2.1.3.1 BMC PHY TERM

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

TDA.2.2.1 BMC PROT SEQ GETCAPS

PASS

13

TDA.2.2.10

TDA.2.2.10 BMC PROT IGN PPS

PASS

14

TDA.2.3.3.1

TDA.2.3.3.1 POW SNK TRANS C CP

PASS

BMC Eye Diagram


Eye Diagram 

We also checked the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter for DisplayPort over USB-C compliance using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to produce the following DisplayPort Alternate Mode test results that also show the Moshi adapter supporting a single 10 watts (5 volts @ 2 amps) fixed PDO for charging as well as some compliance failures.

DisplayPort Alt Mode Compliance Test Report

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

Moshi

Model Number

Type-C Travel Dock

Serial Number

_DP

Test Information

Date and Time:

20180803_224110

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

065.085.065.060.095.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.5.8

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.5.0.14

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

DP_ALT_MODE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

Consumer Only

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Cable Type.

USB-Type-C-Cable

Noise Pattern Generation:

Two-Tone Noise

VIF info

*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.

Test cases Execution Time:

0h:4m:18s

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

Vendor_Name

VIA Labs, Inc.

TID

0x37C

Type_C

NONE

SOP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Debug_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Debug_Capable

NONE

Manufacturer_Info_Supported_Port

NONE

USB_Comms_Capable

NONE

DR_Swap_To_DFP_Supported

NONE

DR_Swap_To_UFP_Supported

NONE

Externally_Powered

NONE

VCONN_Swap_To_On_Supported

NONE

VCONN_Swap_To_Off_Supported

NONE

Responds_To_Discov

NONE

Responds_To_Discov

NONE

Attempts_Discov

NONE

Chunking_Implemented_SOP

NO

Unchunked_Extended_Messages_Supported

NO

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Src

NONE

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Snk

NONE

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Src

NONE

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Snk

NONE

Structured_VDM_Version

V1.0

Data_Capable_As_USB_Host

NO

Data_Capable_As_USB_Device

YES

Product_Type_DFP_SOP

Undefined

Modal_Operation_Supported

YES

Security_Msgs_Supported_SOP

NO

USB_VID

0x2109

PID

0x100

BCDDevice

0x1

SVIDs Min

1

SVIDs Max

1

SVID1SOP

FF01

SVID1Modes Min

1

SVID1Modes Max

1

SVID1Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

NO

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0xC8(2A)

USB Suspend may be cleared

NONE

Send Ping

NONE

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

NO

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0xC8(2A)

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

DPC 10.2.1

TC.10.2.1 Enter Mode ACK Response

PASS

2

DPC 10.2.2

TC.10.2.2 Status Update Command

PASS

3

DPC 10.2.5

TC.10.2.5 Proper Pin Assignment Support for Receptacle Based Video Sinks

FAIL

4

DPC 10.2.6

TC.10.2.6 Proper Pin Assignment Support for C To DP Adaptor Cables

FAIL

5

DPC 10.2.7

TC.10.2.7 Proper Pin Assignment Support for Adaptor Cables With Protocol Converters

FAIL

6

DPC 11.3.1

TC.11.3.1 Adapter VBUS and VCONN Tests

PASS

BMC Eye Diagram


Eye Diagram 

The Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter is small enough to take on the road with your Mac or other computing device that supports Thunderbolt 3 or DisplayPort over USB Type-C. We look forward to seeing how the Moshi USB-C Multiport Adapter performs with different computers and peripherals in several upcoming reviews.

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