The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has recently announced that the USB Type-C connector is now ready for production. USB Type-C has been developed as a “supplement to the USB 3.1 specification” which has twice the theoretical throughput of USB 3.0 at 10Gbps. The USB Power Delivery of Type-C will be increased up to 100W. It has been designed to replace the multitude of variants of USB Type-A and USB Type-B. The USB Type-C connector has the same connector on both ends and so it is reversible. Furthermore, it is not orientation-specific, meaning that it can be plugged in either way up, similar to Apple’s lightning cables. USB Type-C is going to be of a similar size to the micro USB 2.0 Type-B connectors (the connector used on most non-Apple mobile devices). This means that it will be slim enough to be used in mobile phones but it has also been made robust enough for use in laptops and tablets. Additionally, it has been “designed to support future USB performance needs”.
Further information about USB Type-C can be found on the USB Implementers Forum, Inc.’s press release.
Dominic Plunkett, Cambrionix’s CTO has this to say about USB Type-C:
“The USB Type-C connector is great for the end user and should reduce the chances of damage of USB connectors. I hope major manufactures support the Type-C connector by incorporating it into new designs.”
[Editor’s Note (7th October 2015): USB Type-C is starting to be integrated into new devices such as the latest Apple MacBook and the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. What with Google and Apple both starting to use USB Type-C, the future looks positive for it becoming the new universal standard.]