4 port USB hub in a square inch

Gotta have more USB ports

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I always thought this chip would be really cool if I could get it to work. This is my first attempt, just happened to be less than a square inch. Hopefully it works!

Hopefully this is a full speed USB hub, so it can be used to chain PCM2906 sound cards without degrading performance. If not, well, it'll still work for slower things. 

Board sent off to OSHPark september 1st, all components are in hand. Here we go. 


first test

sch - 388.29 kB - 09/02/2018 at 06:42



first test

brd - 73.33 kB - 09/02/2018 at 06:42


  • USB hub is live

    mitchell.dokken09/20/2018 at 02:02 0 comments

    It works! Nothing much to the design but some capacitor filtering and a specific resistor value. It takes 5 volts and shows up as a High-speed USB device:

    usb 1-3.2.4: new high-speed USB device number 47 using xhci_hcd
    usb 1-3.2.4: New USB device found, idVendor=1a40, idProduct=0101
    usb 1-3.2.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=1, SerialNumber=0
    usb 1-3.2.4: Product: USB 2.0 Hub
    hub 1-3.2.4:1.0: USB hub found
    hub 1-3.2.4:1.0: 4 ports detected

    So thats cool. I cheaped out on the decoupling capacitors for the crystal, as other designs I'd seen didn't have them. It worked without them, and they're trivial to add.  I could shrink this further by getting more aggressive with the pad layout, using one of those 2.5 x 2mm crystals, and 0603 passives. 

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ja.ten.pony wrote 10/04/2023 at 22:32 point

Where did you source the FE1.1S from? I'm, finding it difficult to find in the US.

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Elliot Williams wrote 12/18/2018 at 13:37 point

Awesome!  This kind of project is why I love the square-inch contest.  Simple. well-executed, and done.  Open for anyone to copy. 


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