USB-C: Everything you need to know

In this modern era, USB-C is now catchingeveryone’s attention. It is such a USB connector system which is 24-pin andalso known as USB Type-C. It came into the market when the USB standard withUSB 3.1 was introduced in 2013. Apple, Samsung, Google Pixel and OnePlus etc.have greatly supported this USB-C and started embedding its port into their technologies.  Just like these bigger companies, a largenumber of smaller companies also promoting and embracing the USB-C with hugeappreciation. Now you might be surprised about why everyone is paying so muchattention to USB-C. Right? Let’s take a closer look at the super hit USB-C.

USB-C is not a completely different thing   

Just like other USB’s, USB-C performs all the functions that one can expect from a USB. With every upcoming model of USB, there are some new features such as enhanced speed or fast transfer of files. The USB-C got super hit due to its physical connection and features, just like the mini USB or micro USB.

USB-C will be used in Thunderbolt 3

In 2015, the famous company Intel had announced
that now the thunderbolt will come with the port for USB-C connectors. It was a
great turn as it promoted the use of USB-C with Thunderbolt
3 and got immediate acceptance by the users. It is because the Thunderbolt is about four times faster than the
previous models of USBs.

Smartphones’ active response towards USB-C

When we talk about smartphones, there is hardly any newly released model of smartphone that doesn’t USB-C. In 2015, OnePlus which is a famous smartphone manufacturer in China had started releasing its phones that support USB-C. Not only this, but a number of other companies such as Google have embedded their new smartphones with USB-C feature. Let’s go into more details about how different USB’s differ from USB-Ctype.

USB Versions

Before the USB-C, there were many previous versions of the USBs which differ from each other either in their functions or in their physical layout. They also differ in their total capacity of power, connectivity speed, and durability etc. These are as follows as:

It was the first version of USB
which has the capacity of transferring 12MBps data and support maximum 100mA

It was introduced in April 2000. It has the capacity of delivering
data up to 480Mbps. Also, the power draw
was increased to 1.8A at2.5V.

It was introduced in November 2008 and was a big change as new
connector types allow extra power draw and speed having blue-colored indicating prowess. It has the capacity of 5Gbps
delivering 5V at 1.8A.

USB3.1: its latest version was released in July 2014. It has the capacity of 10Gbps throughout delivering 2A at 5V and5V over 12V or 20V.

USB Type A

Type-A is the classic USB plug which gone through a number of changes by adding more pins that allowed the faster speed of USB 3.0. But the fundamental design of plug remained the same in a way that most of Type-A sockets and plugs are compatible regardless of their versions.

Type B

There are some uses for Type-A to Type-A USB cables, but typically the other end of USB cables uses Type-B connectors. The original type-B plug is old having sloping top corners that typically found on printers. This was extended for USB 3.0 standard for some new connections. Along with chunky miroUSB 4.0 which uses the normal connection of micro USB with extra plug, the micro USB and mini USB are the variations of type-B.

USB Type C

USB type C has replaced all types of USB on both client and host devices. It works in all directions and not have USBsuperposition. It was also built upon the new USB 3.1 standard and acquire the speed advantages of USB 3.1

USB-C related concerns and its future

As the connector seems fragile with a delicate tab and a hollow plug, concerns have been raised related to the USB-C’s physical design. Also, the unregulated state of the standard of USB-C, some of the dangerous accessories had hit the market which raises more worries and concerns.

This leads to drastic measures including Amazon banning certain USB-C cables. But now USB-IF comes up with a new kind of protocol which enables all devices to authenticate USB device or charger before accepting any data or charge.

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