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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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RE: Finally!
By tech4tac on 12/4/2013 2:19:03 PM , Rating: 2
Although they may wish to be careful as I think Apple invented cables that can plug in either direction.

If you are being sarcastic in your statement, ignore my reply. But AFAIK, the first commercial available reversible USB connector was sold by Ma Yi Xuan ( back in January of 2011, almost 2 years before the introduction of the lightning connector (September 2012 with the release of then-new iPhone 5). Granted it was for the full size connector, but the concept was already there for USB cable connectors.

RE: Finally!
By Solandri on 12/4/2013 3:42:27 PM , Rating: 2
I really doubt Apple invented reversible connectors, but the power cable for their laptops has been reversible for about a decade.

RE: Finally!
By inighthawki on 12/4/2013 5:25:54 PM , Rating: 4
I doubt they invented black rectangles or multitouch as well, but that didn't stop them.

RE: Finally!
By ritualm on 12/5/2013 7:04:35 PM , Rating: 2
There is another way for a reversible USB connector: at the A male connector side, instead of the standard solid plastic block on one side of the rectangular housing, you have a thin strip of PCB with the requisite USB contacts on both sides.

I've got a few Elecom retractables with such a setup.

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