April 20, 2018

Next-Gen USB Connector Coming for Tech Gadgets

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Next-Gen USB Connector Coming for Tech Gadgets

The USB connector is getting a makeover with a new plug type that is smaller and reversible, but don’t expect it to be compatible with all existing USB plugs. You’ll need an adapter to plug it into older devices, TechSpot reports. 

The new USB connector, dubbed Type-C, is being proposed by USB 3.0 Promoter Group. It will “finally stop issues with not being able to insert the plug correctly the first time,” TechSpot reports. The new version will accept the plug from either end. “Type-C will also be smaller than the current Type-A plug, similar in size to the micro USB 2.0 connector [which is found in most modern cell phones].” 

The connector will be used to deliver power, video, and data across devices. It’ll usher in a new “super-thin class” of devices, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group says.

The new connector is currently in development. It’s expected to be finalized by mid-2014. 

The Type-C connectors are being developed to be paired with USB 3.1 on new devices toward the end of next year. USB 3.1 will boost power delivery to the devices. 

Source: “New USB connector inbound, set to be smaller and reversible,” TechSpot (Dec. 4, 2013) and “Next-gen USB connector will (finally!) fit both ways,” PCWorld (Dec. 4, 2013)

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