usb type c

USB Implementers (USB-IF) has developed the USB type C with a small, reversible connector that is expected to grow fast in the mobile, consumer electronics, and computer markets.

When USB 1.0 was released in 1996, it delivered 1.5 Mbps. Through the years, it has increased transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. The latest USB 3.1 can support a wide range of USB peripherals. The new Type-C will support multiple standards (e.g., USB 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, Thunderbolt, Display Port, and MHL) and it will bring consolidation to a market tangled with so many different cables. Consumers will be able to eventually buy one cable that will serve as a universal connector.

The USB-IF describes the USB type-C connector as:

  • A slim and sleek connector tailored to fit mobile-device product designs, yet robust enough for laptops and tablets.
  • Supporting scalable power and performance to future-proof your solution.
  • Featuring reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
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USB Type-C Design Challenges

With increased simplicity for end users comes increased complexity from a design and engineering perspective. There are substantial design and test challenges that designers will face by creating a USB Type-C connector that enables backwards compatibility and reversible use with all of the features mentioned.

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