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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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Like a lightning connector?
By hpglow on 12/4/2013 12:18:48 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they design something better. The exposed gold plated contacts on the lightning connector get shorted and go bad often. I've had to toss two of them and I have two that only one side works defeating their reversibility.

The last thing the USB consortium needs to do here is copy Apple. I seriously hope they have better in mind.

RE: Like a lightning connector?
By Solandri on 12/4/2013 3:45:59 PM , Rating: 1
That's a drawback of reversible connectors. Because of the required symmetry, one set of electrical contacts has to stand up on its own in the middle.

With the non-reversible USB-A connector, the metal frame can support the connectors on one side on the male connector, and on the other side on the female connector.

RE: Like a lightning connector?
By inighthawki on 12/4/2013 5:41:49 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure I follow. It's more than possible to develop a reversible cable that does not have that flaw. The lightning connector is just flawed in how it exposes the male connection.

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