USB Type C Connector - USB 3.1


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USB Type C Connector - USB 3.1

The 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.

There are three "pillars" to the new spec: SuperSpeed USB (10 Gb/s), USB Power Delivery and the actual USB Type-C connector.

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.

SuperSpeed USB

Setting 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.

USB 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.

The 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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