USB-C is the new standard for charging and data transfer. It’s already in gadgets like the latest laptops, phones, and tablets, and it’ll eventually make its way into just much everything that utilises the older, larger USB port.
USB-C is a new, compact, reversible connector form that makes it easy to plug in. USB-C cables can transport far more power, allowing them to charge larger devices like laptops. They also provide up to 10 times the transfer speed of USB 3. The standards are backwards compatible, thus adapters can be used with older devices.
Despite the fact that the USB-C specifications were officially published in 2014, the technology has only recently gained traction. It’s on its way to becoming a true replacement for not only earlier USB standards, but also Thunderbolt and DisplayPort. Testing is already underway to develop a new USB audio standard that could eventually replace the 3.5mm audio connection. Other emerging standards, such as USB 3.1 for higher speeds and USB Power Delivery for enhanced power delivery through USB connections, are closely linked to USB-C.
A New Connector Shape for Type-C
The physical connector for USB Type-C is about the same size as a micro USB connector. The USB-C connector can accommodate a variety of new USB standards, including USB 3.1 and USB power delivery (USB PD).
You’re probably most familiar with the USB Type-A connector. That connector has remained the same as we’ve progressed from USB 1 to USB 2 to modern USB 3 devices. It’s still huge, and there’s only one way to plug it in (which is obviously never the way you try to plug it in the first time). However, as gadgets became smaller and thinner, such large USB ports became obsolete. This spawned a slew of new USB connector designs, including the “micro” and “mini” connectors.
This jumble of different-shaped connectors for various-sized gadgets is finally coming to an end. USB Type-C introduces a new compact connector standard. It’s around the same size as an old USB Type-A plug. Every device should be able to use this one connector standard. Whether you’re connecting an external hard drive to your laptop or charging your smartphone with a USB charger, you’ll only need one wire. That one tiny connector is small enough to fit into a super-thin mobile device while yet being powerful enough to connect all of your laptop’s accessories. Both ends of the cable include USB Type-C connectors—all it’s one connector.
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There’s a lot to enjoy about USB-C. Because it’s reversible, you won’t have to flip the connector around three times to find the correct position. All devices should have the same USB connection shape, so you won’t have to keep a bunch of different USB cables with different connector shapes for your various devices. Furthermore, huge ports will no longer take up unneeded space on ever-thinner gadgets.
Using “alternative modes,” USB Type-C ports can support a range of protocols, allowing you to have adapters that can output HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, or other types of connections from a single USB port. Apple’s USB-C Digital Multiport Adapter is an excellent example of this, as it allows you to connect an HDMI, VGA, bigger USB Type-A connectors, and smaller USB Type-C connector all through a single port. On common laptops, the chaos of USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and power connectors can be simplified into a single type of port.
Power Delivery, USB-C, and USB-PD
The USB PD specification is inextricably linked to USB Type-C. A USB 2.0 connection now supplies up to 2.5 watts of electricity, which is plenty to charge your phone or tablet but not much else. The USB PD specification, which USB-C supports, increases power supply to 100 watts. Because it is bi-directional, a device can send or receive electricity. And this power can be transferred while the device is also sending data through the connection. This type of power distribution may even be able to charge a laptop, which typically requires up to 60 watts.
The charging ports on Apple’s new MacBook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel are both USB-C. With USB-C, all proprietary laptop charging cables may be obsolete, with everything charging using a normal USB connection. You could even use one of those portable battery packs that you use to power your smartphones and other portable gadgets nowadays to charge your laptop. You could connect your laptop to an external display through a power cable, and the external display would charge your laptop while serving as an external display – all through a single USB Type-C port.