If you’re not satisfied with the current version of the USB 3.0 standard, you’ll be happy to hear that the next-generation will be here with some really useful updates. It seems that the official design for the next-generation reversible USB has been finalized, and it can be plugged in upside down.
The next generation of USB 3.0 is going to be called USB Type-C with its specification being announced in last December. The current USB design will be improved by adding a reversible plug and just like Apple’s Lightning connector, it will be possible to plug into its port either way. USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman Brad Saunders said the following:
“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well. Representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”
The upcoming USB Type-C is said to comparable in size with micro USB 2.0 Type-B connectors, having a port size of 8.4 by 2.6mm. However, it will also be compatible with SuperSpeed USB at 10Gbps and will support USB Power Delivery up to 100W. You need to know that it won’t be compatible with existing USB plugs and receptacles.
The new USB Type-C is said to be tailored to fit mobile device product designs but it will also be robust enough for laptops and tablets. Some of the key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector include and entirely new design, usability enhancements, reversible plug orientation and cable direction, supports for scalable power charging.
The next-generation of USB is also said to come with a durability of 10,000 cycles. Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO, added the following.
“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. The USB-IF is working to establish certification and compliance testing so that consumers can have the same confidence in the next generation of certified USB technology.”