USB 3.1 Type C to feature reversible plugs

By Silky Malhotra | Updated 3 Apr 2014
USB 3.1 Type C to feature reversible plugs
  • USB-IF has posted first pictures of the new reversible USB Type-C connector.

USB Implementers Forum (USB IF) has revealed that the new USB 3.1 Type-C connector will come with symmetrical plugs so that there is no confusion for users while plugging the ends into devices. The new cable will also deliver a number of improvements over existing cables and connectors.

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The design for the new cable is similar to Apple's Lightning Connector and will be reversible end-to-end so it won't matter which end attaches to what device. The connector itself is as thin as a micro-USB 2.0 connector and will most likely replace the older style connector as well as the larger micro-USB 3.0 interface found in devices like Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. The plug has dimension of 8.3 mm x 2.5 mm which makes it bigger than the current Micro USB ports on mobile devices and will come with an adapter to make it compatible with current USB plugs and sockets.

The USB 3.1 Type C will offer a number of improvements including faster speed. The current USB 3.0 connector can transfer data at up to 5Gbps (bits per second) while the Type-C connector doubles that to 10Gbps. The device will also have the ability to charge and power devices. The specifications of the USB Type C device are expected to be finalized by July and USB IF is expecting products to ship with support for the new connector by the end of the year. New devices such as laptops may come with both old and new USB ports, while support for mobile devices may take a bit longer.

Source: Slashgear
 

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