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It's meant to enable a new class of thinner devices

There's a new USB plug 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.

Source: USB

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They missed the boat yet again.
By DT_Reader on 12/4/2013 11:45:01 AM , Rating: 2
When USB first appeared I was dismayed - and now I get to continue to be dismayed - that the plugs aren't androgynous. If they'd done it right we would be able to daisy-chain cables because the plugs would plug into each other.

RE: They missed the boat yet again.
By hpglow on 12/4/2013 1:01:24 PM , Rating: 2
What would be point? Most USB devices don't work on cables over 10ft because of voltage drop and or signal attenuation. I can't even get a $150 wired arcade stick to work 15ft from the TV, with a 5ft extension cable. You can daisy chain USB devices simply by putting a hub chip in each one and an extra female connector. It doesn't even make sense for many devices except monitors and keyboards. It's not being done because it's not what USB is designed for, it doesn't make sense, and it would add cost and confusion to most devices.

If it is so easy to design and implement a specification then have at it.

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