New USB standard means no wrong way up insertion!

USB 3.1 puts an end to connection frustrations whilst promising better speeds and scalability

by Mark Hodgkinson Dec 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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    New USB standard means no wrong way up insertion!
    The next generation of USB connectors won’t need the same care and attention currently required when it comes to inserting them in to a device.
    Who here can honestly say they’ve never fumbled around trying to get a USB lead in the right way up and then stared at it in bewilderment for a while as the brain works out the correct orientation?

    Well those days are set to end as the USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced that the development of the next generation of USB connector has begun.

    The key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector and cable include its new smaller size, which they say is similar to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B, the aforementioned plug orientation improvement and enhanced scalability both in terms of power charging and being able to cope with increased USB bus performance in future versions.
    It should also help designers to create sleeker products.
    As the new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles the Type-C specification will define passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow users to use their existing products.

    This supplement to the USB 3.1 specification is anticipated to be completed by the middle of next year.


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