New Reversible "Type-C" USB Plug Coming in Mid-2014
December 4, 2013 10:38 AM
comment(s) - last by
It's meant to enable a new class of thinner devices
There's a new
on the horizon, and this upgraded version will finally be reversible.
According to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the next-generation USB is called "Type-C," and development on the new connector has already begun.
Type-C, which will be built on existing USB 3.1 specifications, will finally have a feature many have been waiting for: reversibility.
Other plugs -- like Apple's Lightning connector -- are already reversible, allowing users to easily plug right in without trying to see if they have it upside down or not.
USB is about to get a facelift. [SOURCE: wikimedia]
Type-C is expected to be about the size of a Micro USB plug, and it's meant to enable a new class of thinner devices in the way of phones, tablets, convertibles, laptops, desktops and emerging products.
“While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”
Type-C isn't compatible with existing USBs, but the USB 3.0 Promoter Group will have a specification for adapters and cables so that many existing USB chargers out there aren't immediately considered obsolete.
Type-C should be finalized in mid-2014.
Back in August, The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced new USB 3.1 specifications that allow SuperSpeed USB to
operate at speeds of up to 10 Gbps
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Who not backwards compatible?
12/4/2013 11:00:03 AM
It would be reversible
backwards compatible with micro-USB 2.0 if they simply made the shape symmetrical and had a mirrored pin-out on both internal connection points.
I tried to file a patent for this 5 years ago and it was rejected because of protection against unauthorized standards and modifications set by the USB Promoters Group.
I have a working prototype cable that works in every device I own, although it is a little stiff inserting in one of the two possible directions on
devices, specifically my Galaxy Note 2 (ironically the S3 is fine) and my a Qi-compliant charger that I feel the connector isn't to spec, anyway.
Every other device I've tried from cameras to hard drives works fine.
USB 3.0 adds a huge dimension of complexity to backwards compatibility because of increased pin count, depth, current, and in the case of micro-USB 3.0, asymmetrical divided connector width. It's virtually impossible to retro-fit that spec, but making micro-USB 2.0 reversible could have been done nearly a decade ago. There's no reason this never happened.
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
USB 3.1 Specification Bumps Speed to 10 Gbps
August 1, 2013, 8:23 AM
CES 2013: USB 3.0 Gets a Speed Boost at CES 2013
January 7, 2013, 6:46 AM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Leak: Apple Preps for First Real Android App Foray With New Apple Music App
October 24, 2015, 1:59 PM
Pepsi Smartphone? Empty Calories Coming Soon to the Midrange
October 12, 2015, 11:41 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information