The USB-C connector has quickly become the industry standard for data transfer and charging. It’s currently used in the latest smartphones, tablets, computers, and laptops. But, with enough time, it will soon be integrated into any product that uses the larger, more traditional USB connector.
Although the specifications of USB-C were first made public in 2014, the technology only gained momentum over the last year. It’s becoming increasingly likely that USB-C will replace older standards like Thunderbolt or DisplayPort. A new USB audio standard is being developed that uses USB-C to replace the 3.5mm audio port. USB-C can also be connected to other standards, like USB 3.1, which allows higher transfer rates, and USB Power Delivery which increases the power that can be transferred over USB connections.
On Type-C, A Different Connector Arrangement Can Be Found
Most people are familiar with the USB Type-A connector. The connector has not changed in any revisions to the USB standard from USB 1 to USB 2, and up until the latest USB 3 devices. It is still as large as ever, and only one way is there to plug it into (which is not the same way as the first time). The huge USB ports became less practical as electronic gadgets became smaller and lighter. This led to the creation of many different types of USB connectors such as the “micro”, and “mini” connectors.
The long-running struggle to find the right connector to fit all of these devices is over. The new connector standard, USB-C ports, is extremely compact and now available. It is approximately one-third of the size of traditional USB Type A plugs. It is one connector standard that can be used on all devices. You will need only one wire to attach an external hard drive to your computer or charge your phone using a USB charger. The tiny connector can be stuffed into a small mobile device and is flexible enough to allow you to connect as many accessories as you like. The cable is made of one piece and has USB Type-C connectors at both ends.
Power Delivery, USB Type-C, And USB All-In-One
The USB PD specification can also be connected to the USB Type C standard. A USB 2.0 port can supply up to 2.5 watts, sufficient to charge a smartphone or tablet. The USB PD specification supports 100 watts of power delivery. This allows a device to send and receive electricity in either direction. This power can also be delivered over the connection while the device is transmitting data. This power supply might be suitable for charging laptops that require 60 watts to charge.
USB-C will allow everything to be charged over a standard USB connection. This eliminates the need to purchase special charging cables for laptops. One of the portable battery packs, which are used to charge smartphones and other mobile gadgets, might even be able to charge your laptop. If you connected your laptop to an external display with a power cable, your laptop could be charged. You could do this by connecting your external display to your laptop using one USB Type-C connector.
Compatibility With Previous Versions
The USB standard, which is the basis of the USB-C connector, supports backward compatibility. A USB-C connector cannot be connected to an older USB port. You can also not connect an older USB port with a USB connector. You cannot also connect an older USB connector with a modern USB C port. This does not mean that you need to throw away all your peripherals. Older versions of the USB can still be used with USB 3.1. All you need is a converter that has both a USB-C connector and a larger, traditional USB port. You can then connect older devices to a USB Type C port by plugging them in.