Smaller, Reversible USB Type-C Connector is Ready for Production

Smaller, Reversible USB Type-C Connector is Ready for Production

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The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the completion of the USB Type-C specification that defines the next generation USB connector.

The USB Type-C specification establishes a new cable and connector scheme tailored to fit mobile device product designs, yet robust enough for laptops and tablets. With this release, the specification has been transferred to the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for ongoing management and the establishment of a compliance and certification program.

“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “Representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”

The USB Type-C specification defines the physical USB Type-C cable and connector form factor along with the functional requirements for detecting and managing USB connections over an extensible wiring architecture. This new cable and connector supports USB performance at SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W.

Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector include:
● Entirely new design
o Tailored for emerging product designs
o Robust enough for laptops and tablets; slim enough for mobile phones
o Similar to size of USB 2.0 Micro-B

● Usability enhancements
o Reversible plug orientation and cable direction

● Supports scalable power charging
● Future scalability
o Designed to support future USB performance needs

● Mechanical specs:
o Receptacle opening: ~8.4mm x ~2.6mm
o Durability: 10,000 cycles
o Improved EMI- and RFI-mitigation features
o Power delivery capacity: 3A for standard cables and 5A for connectors

The new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.); however, the USB Type-C specification defines passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow consumers to use the new connector with their existing products.

More details about the connector can be found at the link below...

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Smaller, Reversible USB Type-C Connector is Ready for Production
smitty - August 13, 2014 at 12:06am
Why not just make it round?
USB - August 13, 2014 at 1:38am
Because the chargers for PC is for that, ether nets are square shaped, and we are rectangular, ds cards are nearly flat. Shapes come in many form for different products, not to look the same like the others in general.
Tavo - August 13, 2014 at 2:16am
To make devices much more flat. If you make it round means tickness if you make it flat devices can become Thinner.
Lumpia Spam - August 12, 2014 at 11:07pm
Now samsung can copy the lightning connector when they release a usb cable.
NoGoodNick - August 12, 2014 at 10:09pm
Unfortunately, the newly revealed hacker hole (for ALL USB devices) means that USB devices are now too dangerous to use. The USB C group never addressed security (they've always avoided it, which is why the flaw exists in the first place). I'm guessing that this new standard will either never be approved, or will never be accepted by consumers.
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