05 December 2013

USB Type-C: The Next Generation USB Works Both Ways

How many times do you manage to put your USB connector at the wrong side? Chances are of as least 50% of the time? Guess what, if you happen to know the USB mark on the connector, most likely you will definitely put on the right side. Phew...

However, what are the side effects of  plugging at the wrong side? Well, it will just result to damage to the head of USB connector. This is, however, the main issue of the current USB connection and currently been developed and studied well.

Is it more convenient to plug any side of the USB connector? Oh pretty well, yes!

I found quite interesting about the solution, its called DOUBLE USB. The idea here is on each side, it can be plugged however there's one tweak, you need turn the USB connector to 180 degrees. And boom! It will surely successful.
Image taken from: YankoDesign
Still, it is an AWESOME idea however.

In line with that, USB 3.0 Promoter Group, unveils the development of the next generation of USB connector. The new next-gen USB technology is called USB Type-C connector. This connector to enhance usability, thinner, and sleeker design.

According to its press release, it will expected to complete by the middle of 2014. The key characteristics of this USB Type-C connector and cable solution as follows:

  • Developed to emerge product design
  • Smaller size compared to USB 2.0 Micro-B
  • Usability - Easier to plug in - user no longer needs to manage the right side to plug. 
  • Support scalable power charging
  • Scalable design for the future.

“While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman.
He added:
“The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.” 
In addition, 
“Intel is excited to see the development of the new thin Type-C connector as it will enable an entirely new super thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops and a multitude of other more specific usage devices,” said Alex Peleg, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group. 
The availability of the USB Type-C will be next year. The first quarter of 2014 will have the review and expected to published by middle of the year 2014.

Sources: [1] [2]

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