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Next generation USB connector to enable slimmer products

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article image Type-C USB connector will enable slimmer and sleeker product designs.

THE USB 3.0 Promoter Group has finished the USB Type-C specification, with the next-generation connector now ready for production.

According to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the Type-C connector will enable slimmer and sleeker product designs.

The USB Type-C specification establishes a new cable and connector scheme tailored to fit mobile device product designs, yet robust enough for laptops and tablets.

The announcement by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group means the specification has been transferred to the USB Implementery Forum, who will be responsible for ongoing management and the establishment of a compliance and certification program. The specification is available for download from the USB-IF website.

According to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, interest in the new connector type has been global and cross-industry, due largely to the efforts by a number of industry leaders to create a long lasting and robust solution.

The USB Type-C specification defines the physical USB Type-C cable and connector form factor along with the functional requirements for detecting and managing USB connections over an extensible wiring architecture. This new cable and connector supports USB performance at SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W.

The USB Type-C connector has an entirely new design, and is tailored for emerging product designs. It is robust enough for most portable devices whle being slim enough for mobile phones.

It also has reversible plug orientation and cable direction, and supports scalable power charging. It can deliver 3A for standard cables, and 5A for connectors.

The new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.); however, the USB Type-C specification defines passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow consumers to use the new connector with their existing products.

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