With USB Type-C Spec Finalized, Reversible Cables Will Soon Be Upon Us
August 13, 2014 8:46 AM
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USB Type-C has the ability to charge laptop as well
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is looking to make the lives of mobile users a little bit easier with the finalization of the USB Type-C specifications. USB Type-C cables and connectors are aimed primarily for use in smartphones, but the organization behind the standards says that they are also “robust enough for laptops and tablets.”
The big takeaway from this announcement is that the connectors on the cable and matching receptacle allow the user to insert the cable without worrying about its orientation. This is similar in concept to
Apple’s Lightning connector
, but Lightning [for now] is limited to USB 2.0 speeds.
USB Type-C supports SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and can also deliver up to 100W of power as well. That latter spec will allow notebooks to be charged over USB, but it remains to be seen how many manufacturers will take advantage of this feature.
“USB has the luxury of consumer familiarity and trust, and as we adapt the technology for the future we are committed to ensuring the USB brand promise continues with this new USB Type-C connector and cable,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) President and COO.
Now that the USB Type-C spec has been finalized, the USB-IF is now tasked with managing the spec as well as handling certification and compliance.
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8/14/2014 1:42:29 AM
This. I also have never needed to purchase a single new micro USB cable. I have like two or three that get constant use, which I've used for years now. None of them have ever stopped working.
I too will suggest that if you guys are having issues with your cables, you might want to double check what the heck you're doing to them to damage them so much. There's a strong chance it is not a flaw in the cable design.
8/15/2014 3:49:11 PM
The only micro USB cable I've ever had issues with was the one that came with my Nook Color. There was most definitely a design flaw in it, as there were countless complaints about it. The plastic it was made from, that surrounded the actual connector wiring was too brittle and would crack and break off.
Any other micro USB cable was perfectly fine, and I still use some of the first ones that I ever got.
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