Leading The Charge - What is USB-C?
April 10, 2017

Leading The Charge

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USB-C

What is USB-C?

USB-C will soon do away with all proprietary power adapters and USB cables in a call to unify all devices once and for all. We are talking about the new emerging industry-standard connector, and it is already accepted by many PC manufacturers and software developers. USB-C will bridge the gap between Apple and everyone else, unlike the Lightning and MagSafe connectors, which had only limited acceptance beyond Apple products. USB-C will likely make other cable options obsolete.

How is it different than my current USB connectors?

Well, first off, you know how there's a 50/50 chance you'll get the plug orientation correct on the first try, but somehow you get it wrong 90% of the time? Those days are over. It will function both ways, plus both ends of the cable are the same, allowing for reversible plug orientation. The USB-C port and connector are similar to the Micro USB, making it small enough to work with the smallest peripherals and the thinnest laptops.

Secondly, it's fast. We're talking really fast. The default protocol is 10Gbps, which is essentially twice as fast as USB 3.0. Note the USB 3.1 is still available in the Type A connector at 10Gbps, but the smaller, thinner USB-C is already the new standard on the latest phones and tablets, rendering the larger plug obsolete without an adapter. USB-C is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and older, and cables with USB-C to Type-A connectors are available to ease the transition into the new standard as we move towards an exclusive USB-C world.

One cable, one port for all

USB-C will transmit data, provide power, and even transmit audio and video, which may eventually phase out the 3.5mm audio jack. USB-C can even power HDMI devices. Plus, all Thunderbolt 3 cables will work as USB-C cables and vice versa. Thunderbolt allows for daisy chaining devices and transmitting high definition audio and video signals and can move as much as 100 watts of power, enough to transfer large amounts of data to and from computers. Many laptops are already using Thunderbolt 3 ports, some with up to four connectors (Apple's MacBook Pro). USB-C is the ultimate cross-platform connector and we're only just beginning to unlock its potential.

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