(19)
(11)EP 3 314 705 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
01.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/14

(21)Application number: 15910974.3

(22)Date of filing:  18.12.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H01R 13/717(2006.01)
H01R 24/62(2011.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2015/066915
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/105519 (22.06.2017 Gazette  2017/25)

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LED OPERATIONAL PROFILES FOR USB-C CABLE PLUGS

LED-BETRIEBSPROFILE FÜR USB-C-KABELSTECKER

PROFILS DE FONCTIONNEMENT DE DEL POUR FICHES DE CÂBLE USB-C


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(43)Date of publication of application:
02.05.2018 Bulletin 2018/18

(73)Proprietor: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
Spring TX 77389 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • CHEN, Wen Shih
    Taipei City 11568 (TW)

(74)Representative: HGF Limited 
Fountain Precinct Balm Green
Sheffield S1 2JA
Sheffield S1 2JA (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 3 361 582
CN-U- 202 957 425
CN-U- 204 333 492
US-A1- 2014 256 175
US-A1- 2015 269 102
CN-B- 105 470 758
CN-U- 203 871 616
US-A1- 2013 308 304
US-A1- 2015 112 457
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND



    [0001] Universal serial bus (USB) plugs are industry standard plugs, cables and connectors that are used in a bus for communication and connection. USB plugs were developed to standardize the connection of peripheral devices to computer systems. USB plugs can provide communication and electric power to the peripheral devices.

    [0002] USB-C type plugs are new type of industry standard plug that has been developed that can connect to both a host device and a sink device. The USB-C type plugs provide a variety of different types of functionality.

    [0003] EP 3361582 A1 describes an USB type-C plug and USB type-C cable comprising a role control switch to control a port attribute of a dual-role port, so that a USB type-C plug cable can control host/slave attributes of the devices on both ends of the cable. This document refers to a prior right and and is as such not relevant for the assessment of inventive step.

    [0004] CN203871616U describes a usb data and charging cable with LED-indicators.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0005] 

    FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an example apparatus of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 2 is a block diagram of another view of the example apparatus of the present disclosure;

    FIG. 3 is a flow diagram of an example method for operating at least one of a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in accordance with an LED profile of a USB-C function; and

    FIG. 4 is a block diagram of an example controller of the present disclosure.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0006] The present disclosure discloses an example USB-C type plug that includes a plurality of LEDs to indicate active functions of a host device or a sink device. For example, the USB-C type plug may operate at least one of a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in accordance with an LED profile of a USB-C function. As a result, the USB-C type plug of the present disclosure provides a visual indication to allow a user to know what functions are working, are not working, and so forth.

    [0007] For example, USB-C type plugs may have a variety of different functional capabilities. In addition, each functional capability may have a plurality of different profiles. However, some host devices and some sink devices may not provide, or may not be compatible with, the various functional capabilities of the USB-C type plug. As a result, when certain functions do not work (e.g., a sink device will not charge from a host device) the user may become frustrated or believe that the USB-C type plug is defective.

    [0008] FIG. 1 illustrates an example apparatus 100 of the present disclosure. In one example, the apparatus 100 may be a USB-C type plug or cable. The apparatus 100 may include a controller 102. In one example, the controller 102 may be a processor or an electronically marked cable assembly (EMCA) paddle card controller.

    [0009] In one implementation, the controller 102 may be in communication with a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) arrays 104-1 to 104-N (herein referred to individually as an LED array 104 or collectively as LED arrays 104), a sink device 110 and a host device 112. The LED arrays 104 may each have an LED 106-1 or a plurality of LEDs 106-1 to 106-N. In one example, each LED array 104 may have a different colored LED 106. In another example, each LED array 104 may have the same colored LEDs 106. For example, each LED array 104 may have a plurality of LEDs 106 having the same different colors (e.g., LED 106-1 may be a green color, LED 106-2 may be an amber color, LED 106-3 may be a white color, and so forth for each LED array 104).

    [0010] As discussed in further detail below, the controller 102 may control operation of the LEDs 106 and the LED arrays 104 in accordance with an LED operation profile that is determined by a function that is operating over the apparatus 100. In one example, the controller 102 may be in communication with a memory 108 that stores the LED operation profiles. The memory 108 may be part of the controller 102 or may be external memory (e.g., a random access memory (RAM)).

    [0011] The LED operation profile may define different ways to operate the LEDs 106 of the LED arrays 104 based on the various functions that can be performed by the apparatus 100. As noted above, the apparatus 100 may be a USB-C type plug and cable. USB-C type plugs may provide many different functional capabilities. For example, USB-C type plugs may provide high speed and secure data transfer, provide a display connection or pass video information, provide power delivery or system power, and the like.

    [0012] Furthermore, some functions may be further divided into additional profiles. For example, power delivery functions may have different power delivery profiles (e.g., 10 Watt (W), 18W, 36W, 60W, 100W, and the like).

    [0013] FIG. 2 illustrates an example of a USB-C type plug 200 having a jacket 204 that encloses the apparatus 100. The USB-C type plug 200 may include a connector 202 and a cable 212 that couples to another plug 200 and connector 202 (not shown). In one implementation, the jacket 204 may be a cover (e.g., a plastic cover) that encloses or forms a housing for the apparatus 100.

    [0014] In one example, the jacket 204 may include a plurality of segmented windows 206, 208 and 210 (also referred to simply as windows 206, 208 and 210). The segmented windows 206, 208 and 210 may be clear portions of the jacket 204 that allow the light emitted from the LEDs 106 to shine through. The segmented windows 206, 208 and 210 may have any shape and size (e.g., rectangles, circles, squares, and the like).

    [0015] The segmented windows 206, 208 and 210 may each be different sizes. For example, the segmented window 206 may be the smallest, the segmented window 208 may be slightly larger and the segmented window 210 may be the largest. In other words, the segmented windows 206, 208 and 210 may appear to be gradually larger from left to right, or vice versa.

    [0016] Although three windows are illustrated in FIG. 2, it should be noted that the jacket 204 may include any number of windows. In one example, the number of windows may correspond to the number of LED arrays 104.

    [0017] In one example, the LED operation profile may determine how many LEDs 106 of how many LED arrays 104 are operated to illuminate the corresponding window 206, 208 or 210. For example, while the USB-C type plug 200 is communicating between the sink device 110 and the host device 116, the white LED 106 of each LED array 104-1 to 104-N may flash in a sequence illuminating the windows 206, 208 and 210 in the sequence. In another example, the frequency or the speed at which the LEDs 106 are flashing may correspond to a particular operation. For example, a high frequency of the LEDs 106 flashing may indicate a duty cycle and a low frequency of the LEDs 106 flashing may indicate a low duty cycle.

    [0018] In another example, while the USB-C type plug 200 is providing a power delivery function, a green LED 106 of each LED array 104-1 to 104-N may be turned on to illuminate each corresponding window 206, 208 and 210 as a solid green, and so forth. In one example, as the battery capacity of the sink device 110 is charging, each window 206, 208 and 210 may be sequentially illuminated by the corresponding LEDs 106 of the LED arrays 104.

    [0019] An example of various different LED operation profiles is provided below in Table 1 below. It should be noted that Table 1 is an example and the color of the LEDs 106 that are turned on, the operational sequence of the LEDs 106, and a number of the windows 206, 208 and 210 that are illuminated by the LED arrays 104-1 to 104-N may vary depending on a particular application.
    TABLE 1: EXAMPLE LED OPERATIONAL PROFILES
    USB-C StatusWindow StatusLED
    Off All windows off Off
    USB-C Host and Sink communication Windows illuminated in a sequence Flashing White
    USB-C power delivery (PD) Ready Windows illuminated Solid Green
    USB-C display port (DP) ready Windows flashing Flashing Green
    Error Condition Windows flashing Flashing Amber
    Disconnected All windows off Off


    [0020] Referring back to FIG. 1, the controller 102 may communicate with the sink device 110 and the host device 112 via a communication path 114 and 116, respectively. The communications paths 114 and 116 may include various different communication lines (e.g., a ground line, a SuperSpeed line, a HighSpeed line, VBUS line, a VCONN line, and the like).

    [0021] In one implementation, the host device 112 may be a computer (e.g., a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a handheld device, a tablet computer, and the like). The sink device 110 may be a peripheral device (e.g., an external storage device, a display, another tablet computer, a smart phone, and the like). In one example, the host device 112 may communicate with the controller 102 to determine the capabilities of the apparatus 100. In addition, controller 102 may determine which USB-C functionality is being used or activated by the host device 112. The LED operation profile associated with the USB-C functionality that is being used may be obtained (e.g., from Table 1) and the controller 102 may operate the LEDs 106 of the LED arrays 104 in accordance with the LED operation profile.

    [0022] As a result, a user may be notified of the status of the USB-C type plug 200 and the functionality that is being used. Furthermore, if the USB-C type plug 200 is fully operational, but the host device 112 or the sink device 110 are not compatible with certain USB-C type functions then the user may be notified by the error LED operational profile. For example, the host device 112 may not support video data transmission over a USB-C type plug 112. Alternatively, the host device 112 may provide power with a particular power delivery profile that is incompatible with the power that can be received by the sink device 110. Without the present disclosure, the user may be confused as to why the sink device 110 is not operating, why the sink device 110 is charging slowly, or why data is not being transferred between the host device 112 and the sink device 110.

    [0023] FIG. 3 illustrates a flow diagram of an example method 300 for operating at least one of a plurality of light emitting diodes (LED) in accordance with an LED profile of a USB-C function. In one example, the blocks of the method 300 may be performed by the apparatus 100.

    [0024] At block 302, the method 300 begins. At block 304, the method 300 identifies a USB-C function currently being used by a sink device or a host device. For example, the host device may communicate with a controller in the USB-C type plug to determine the functional capabilities of the USB-C type plug. The controller may then determine which functional capabilities are active or being used by the host device.

    [0025] At block 306, the method 300 determines an LED operational profile associated with the USB-C function currently being used, wherein a LED operational profile is selected from a plurality of LED profiles that is associated with a plurality of different USB-C functions. For example, the USB-C type plug can provide a variety of different functional capabilities such as, for example, high speed data transfer, transfer of video data, power delivery functions, and the like. Each possible state (e.g., an off status, an error condition status, a disconnect status, a power delivery status, a display port ready status, a data transfer status, and the like) of the USB-C type plug may be associated with a respective LED operational profile.

    [0026] In one example, the LED operational profiles may be stored in memory and accessed by the controller. The memory may be part of the controller or may be external memory (e.g., RAM) that is accessed by the controller via connection to the external memory.

    [0027] At block 308, the method 300 operates at least one of a plurality of LEDs in accordance with the LED operational profile to indicate visually the USB-C function that is currently being used. For example, if the LED operation profile for a power delivery USB-C function that is currently being used is turning on a green LED on each LED array to a solid light, then the controller may turn on the green LED on each LED array to a solid green light. In another example, if the USB-C function that is currently being used is an error condition and the LED operational profile associated with the error condition is flashing the amber LEDs, then the controller may flash the amber LED of each LED array.

    [0028] In one embodiment, the controller may dynamically change the LED operational profile that is being used. For example, the USB-C function that is currently being used may change from an error condition to a working power delivery function (e.g., a setting was changed on the host device or a new sink device was connected). Then the controller may change the operation of the LEDs from using the LED operational profile associated with the error condition to the LED operational profile associated with the power delivery function. The controller may continuously change the LED operational profile that is being used as the USB-C function that is being used changes. At block 310, the method 300 ends.

    [0029] FIG. 4 illustrates an example of an apparatus 400. In one example, the apparatus may be the controller 102. In one example, the apparatus 400 may include a processor 402 and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium 404. The non-transitory computer readable storage medium 404 may include instructions 406, 408, 410 and 412 that when executed by the processor 402, cause the processor 402 to perform various functions.

    [0030] In one example, the instructions 406 may include instructions to scan a sink device and a host device to identify USB-C functionalities. The instructions 408 may include instructions to associate an LED operation profile with each one of the USB-C functionalities. The instructions 410 may include instructions to determine a USB-C functionality of the USB-C functionalities that is being used. The instructions 412 may include instructions to operate at least one of a plurality of LEDs in accordance with the LED operation profile associated with the USB-C functionality that is being used.


    Claims

    1. An apparatus (100), comprising:

    a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) (106); and

    a controller (102) in communication with the plurality of LEDs,

    wherein said controller is configured to be in communication with a sink device (110) and a host device (112) ;

    characterised in that said controller is further configured

    to identify a universal serial bus type C (USB-C) functionality of the sink device and the host device, wherein the controller operates at least one of the plurality of LEDs in accordance with one of a plurality of different LED operation profiles that is associated with the identified USB-C functionality of the sink device and the host device.


     
    2. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising:
    a jacket (204) enclosing the plurality of LEDs and the controller, wherein the jacket has a plurality of segmented windows (206,208,210).
     
    3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein different segmented windows of the plurality of segmented windows are illuminated to indicate different USB-C functionalities.
     
    4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the plurality of LEDs comprises different colors.
     
    5. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein each one of the different colors represents a different USB-C functionality.
     
    6. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the one of the plurality of LED operation profiles comprises illuminating the at least one of the plurality of LEDs.
     
    7. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the one of the plurality of LED operation profiles comprises flashing the at least one of the plurality of LEDs on and off.
     
    8. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein different frequencies of the at least one of the plurality of LEDs flashing on and off is associated with different USB-C functionalities.
     
    9. A method (300), comprising:

    identifying (304) a universal serial bus type C (USB-C) function currently being used by a sink device (110) or a host device (112), wherein the host device communicates with a controller (102) to identify the universal serial bus type C (USB-C) function;

    determining (306) a light remitting diode (LED) operational profile associated with the identified USB-C function currently being used, wherein the LED operational profile is selected from a plurality of LED operational profiles that is associated with a plurality of different USB-C functions; and

    operating (308) at least one of a plurality of LEDs (106) in accordance with the LED operational profile to indicate visually the USB-C function that is currently being used.


     
    10. The method of claim 9, wherein the plurality of LEDs comprises different colors.
     
    11. The method of claim 10, wherein each one of the different colors represents a different USB-C functionality.
     
    12. The method of claim 9, wherein the operating comprises illuminating the at least one of the plurality of LEDs.
     
    13. The method of claim 9, wherein the operating comprises flashing the at least one of the plurality of LEDs.
     
    14. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium (404) encoded with instructions executable by a processor (402), the computer-readable storage medium comprising:

    instructions (406) to communicate with and thereby scan a sink device (110) and a host device (112) to identify universal serial bus type C (USB-C) functionalities of the sink device (110) and the host device (112);

    instructions (408) to associate a light emitting diode (LED) operation profile with each one of the USB-C functionalities;

    instructions (410) to identify a USB-C functionality of the USB-C functionalities that is being used; and

    instructions (412) to operate at least one of a plurality of LEDs (106) in accordance with the LED operation profile associated with the USB-C functionality that is being used.


     
    15. The non-transitory computer readable storage medium of claim 14, wherein the plurality of LEDs comprises different colors.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Gerät (100), umfassend:

    eine Mehrzahl von Leuchtdioden (LEDs) (106); und

    eine Steuerung (102), welche mit der Mehrzahl von LEDs kommuniziert, wobei die Steuerung konfiguriert ist, um mit einer Senkevorrichtung (110) und einer Hostvorrichtung (112) zu kommunizieren;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Steuerung ferner konfiguriert ist, um eine USB-C(Universal Serial Bus Typ C)-Funktion der Senkevorrichtung und der Hostvorrichtung zu identifizieren, wobei die Steuerung mindestens eine aus der Mehrzahl von LEDs in Übereinstimmung mit einem aus einer Mehrzahl von unterschiedlichen LED-Betriebsprofilen betreibt, welches der identifizierten USB-C-Funktion der Senkevorrichtung und der Hostvorrichtung zugeordnet ist.


     
    2. Gerät nach Anspruch 1, umfassend:
    einen Mantel (204), welcher die Mehrzahl von LEDs und die Steuerung umschließt, wobei der Mantel eine Mehrzahl von segmentierten Fenstern (206, 208, 210) aufweist.
     
    3. Gerät nach Anspruch 2, wobei unterschiedliche segmentierte Fenster aus der Mehrzahl von segmentierten Fenstern beleuchtet sind, um unterschiedliche USB-C-Funktionen anzuzeigen.
     
    4. Gerät nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Mehrzahl von LEDs unterschiedliche Farben umfasst.
     
    5. Gerät nach Anspruch 4, wobei jede der unterschiedlichen Farben eine unterschiedliche USB-C-Funktion darstellt.
     
    6. Gerät nach Anspruch 1, wobei das eine aus der Mehrzahl von LED-Betriebsprofilen das Beleuchten der mindestens einen der Mehrzahl von LEDs umfasst.
     
    7. Gerät nach Anspruch 1, wobei das eine aus der Mehrzahl von LED-Betriebsprofilen das alternierende Blinken der mindestens einen der Mehrzahl von LEDs umfasst.
     
    8. Gerät nach Anspruch 7, wobei unterschiedliche Frequenzen des alternierenden Blinkens der mindestens einen aus der Mehrzahl von LEDs unterschiedlichen USB-C-Funktionen zugeordnet sind.
     
    9. Verfahren (300), umfassend:

    Identifizieren (304) einer USB-C(Universal Serial Bus Typ C)-Funktion, die aktuell von einer Senkevorrichtung (110) oder einer Hostvorrichtung (112) verwendet wird, wobei die Hostvorrichtung mit einer Steuerung (102) kommuniziert, um die USB-C(Universal Serial Bus Typ C)-Funktion zu identifizieren;

    Bestimmen (306) eines Leuchtdioden(LED)-Betriebsprofils, welches der identifizierten aktuell verwendeten USB-C-Funktion zugeordnet ist, wobei das LED-Betriebsprofil aus einer Mehrzahl von LED-Betriebsprofilen ausgewählt wird, welche einer Mehrzahl von unterschiedlichen USB-C-Funktionen zugeordnet sind; und

    Betreiben (308) mindestens einer aus einer Mehrzahl von LEDs (106) in Übereinstimmung mit dem LED-Betriebsprofil, um die aktuell verwendete USB-C-Funktion visuell anzuzeigen.


     
    10. Verfahren nach Anspruch 9, wobei die Mehrzahl von LEDs unterschiedliche Farben umfasst.
     
    11. Verfahren nach Anspruch 10, wobei jede der unterschiedlichen Farben eine unterschiedliche USB-C-Funktion darstellt.
     
    12. Verfahren nach Anspruch 9, wobei das Betreiben das Beleuchten der mindestens einen aus der Mehrzahl von LEDs umfasst.
     
    13. Verfahren nach Anspruch 9, wobei das Betreiben das Blinken der mindestens einen aus der Mehrzahl von LEDs umfasst.
     
    14. Nichtflüchtiges computerlesbares Speichermedium (404), welches mit Anweisungen codiert ist, welche durch einen Prozessor (402) ausführbar sind, wobei das computerlesbare Speichermedium umfasst:

    Anweisungen (406), um mit einer Senkevorrichtung (110) und einer Hostvorrichtung (112) zu kommunizieren und dadurch diese abzutasten, um USB-C(Universal Serial Bus Typ C)-Funktionen der Senkevorrichtung (110) und der Hostvorrichtung (112) zu identifizieren;

    Anweisungen (408), um ein Leuchtdioden(LED)-Betriebsprofil jeder der USB-C-Funktionen zuzuordnen;

    Anweisungen (410), um eine verwendete USB-C-Funktion unter den USB-C-Funktionen zu identifizieren; und

    Anweisungen (412), um mindestens eine aus einer Mehrzahl von LEDs (106) in Übereinstimmung mit dem LED-Betriebsprofil zu betreiben, welches der verwendeten USB-C-Funktion zugeordnet ist.


     
    15. Nichtflüchtiges computerlesbares Speichermedium nach Anspruch 14, wobei die Mehrzahl von LEDs unterschiedliche Farben umfasst.
     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil (100) comprenant :

    une pluralité de diodes électroluminescentes (DEL) (106) ; et

    un dispositif de commande (102) en communication avec la pluralité de DEL,

    dans lequel ledit dispositif de commande est configuré pour être en communication avec un dispositif collecteur (110) et un dispositif hôte (112) ;

    caractérisé en ce que ledit dispositif de commande est configuré en outre pour identifier une fonctionnalité du bus série universel type C (USB-C) du dispositif collecteur et du dispositif hôte, dans lequel le dispositif de commande fait fonctionner au moins une parmi la pluralité de DEL conformément à un parmi une pluralité de différents profils de fonctionnement de DEL qui est associé à la fonctionnalité d'USB-C identifié du dispositif collecteur et du dispositif hôte.


     
    2. Appareil selon la revendication 1, comprenant :
    une gaine (204) entourant la pluralité de DEL et le dispositif de commande, dans lequel la gaine présente une pluralité de fenêtres segmentées (206, 208, 210).
     
    3. Appareil selon la revendication 2, dans lequel différentes fenêtres segmentées de la pluralité de fenêtres segmentées sont éclairées pour indiquer différentes fonctionnalités d'USB-C.
     
    4. Appareil selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la pluralité de DEL comprend différentes couleurs.
     
    5. Appareil selon la revendication 4, dans lequel chacune des différentes couleurs représente une différente fonctionnalité d'USB-C.
     
    6. Appareil selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'un parmi la pluralité de profils de fonctionnement de DEL comprend l'éclairage de ladite au moins une de la pluralité de DEL.
     
    7. Appareil selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit au moins un parmi la pluralité de profils de fonctionnement de DEL comprend le clignotement de ladite au moins une parmi la pluralité de DEL sous tension et hors tension.
     
    8. Appareil selon la revendication 7, dans lequel différentes fréquences de clignotement de ladite au moins une parmi la pluralité de DEL sous tension et hors tension sont associées à différentes fonctionnalités d'USB- C.
     
    9. Procédé (300) comprenant :

    l'identification (304) d'une fonction du bus série universel type C (USB-C) actuellement utilisée par un dispositif collecteur (110) ou un dispositif hôte (112), dans lequel le dispositif hôte communique avec un dispositif de commande (102) pour identifier la fonction du bus série universel type C (USB-C) ;

    la détermination (306) d'un profil fonctionnel de voyant, diode électroluminescente (DEL) associé à la fonction d'USB-C identifiée actuellement utilisée, dans lequel le profil fonctionnel de DEL est sélectionné parmi une pluralité de profils fonctionnels de DEL qui sont associés à une pluralité de différentes fonctions d'USB-C ; et

    le fonctionnement (308) d'au moins une parmi une pluralité de DEL (106) conformément au profil fonctionnel de DEL pour indiquer visuellement la fonction d'USB-C qui est actuellement utilisée.


     
    10. Procédé selon la revendication 9, dans lequel la pluralité de DEL comprend différentes couleurs.
     
    11. Procédé selon la revendication 10, dans lequel chacune des différentes couleurs représente une différente fonctionnalité d'USB-C.
     
    12. Procédé selon la revendication 9, dans lequel le fonctionnement comprend l'éclairage de ladite au moins une de la pluralité de DEL.
     
    13. Procédé selon la revendication 9, dans lequel le fonctionnement comprend le clignotement de ladite au moins une de la pluralité de DEL.
     
    14. Support d'informations non transitoire lisible par ordinateur (404) codé avec des instructions exécutables par un processeur (402), le support d'informations lisible par ordinateur comprenant :

    des instructions (406) pour communiquer et ainsi numériser un dispositif collecteur (110) et un dispositif hôte (112) pour identifier les fonctionnalités du bus série universel type C (USB-C) du dispositif collecteur (110) et du dispositif hôte (112) ;

    des instructions (408) pour associer un profil de fonctionnement de diode électroluminescente (DEL) avec chacune des fonctionnalités d'USB-C ;

    des instructions (410) pour identifier une fonctionnalité d'USB-C parmi les fonctionnalités d'USB-C qui est utilisée ; et

    des instructions (412) pour faire fonctionner au moins une parmi une pluralité de DEL (106) conformément au profil de fonctionnement de DEL associé à la fonctionnalité d'USB-C qui est utilisée.


     
    15. Support d'informations non transitoire lisible par ordinateur selon la revendication 14, dans lequel la pluralité de DEL comprend différentes couleurs.
     




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