Xmultiple Engineering Dept.
Type C Connector - USB 3.1
3.1 specification, which portends a future where USB offers
a single-cable solution for
audio, video, data and power on "every conceivable
platform and mobile device.
are three "pillars" to the new spec: SuperSpeed
USB (10 Gb/s), USB Power Delivery and the actual USB Type-C
The new connector is also physically quite
small, measuring 8.4 mm wide by 2.6 mm high, making it
a fine size for any device, be it a laptop, a slim 2-in-1
or a thin smartphone. Obviously, the existing USB Type-A
connector is a bit too large to be elegantly used in many
of today's svelte devices, but the smaller micro AB connector
is potentially too flimsy. The USB Implementers Forum
(USB-IF) believes that the Type-C connector solves both
problems, and the connector's 10,000-cycle durability
will be sufficiently robust to handle the rigors of use
in our mobile computing lives.
aside the speedbumps on the road to change, there's plenty
in the new USB spec to eagerly anticipate, not the least
of which is speed. The new SuperSpeed USB boasts transfer
speeds of 10 Gb/s and is designed to offer connectivity
to everything from mice to storage to 4K displays.
Power Delivery 2.0
USB charging has been a handy tool for
some time, but USB 3.1 comes with a boost in USB Power
Delivery 2.0 (USB-PD) to 100 W. The new iteration of USB-PD
promises backward compatibility to USB 2.0 and up, and
it co-exists with USB Battery Charging 1.2.
new spec also allows for devices to negotiate power, so
not only is there more potential juice to pump through
the new Type-C cable, but two devices can intelligently
decide which one powers which
Simply put, MA-USB enables the use of
USB capabilities with no cable. It works over WiGig 60
GHz radios, WiFi 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios, ultra wideband
radios and more, and it's compliant and compatible with
USB 2.0 and later, including SuperSpeed 10 Gb/s.
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