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The Future Connection Standard: USB Type-C Connects All Devices

Monday, May 11, 2015
We’ve all experienced the frustration of having a different connection and cable for basically all of your devices – your laptop connection is different from your tablet, which is different from your cell phone. And, if you’re like most people, this tends to lead to messy drawers full of tangled up cords. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a go-to all-in-one cable that’s compatible with all of your devices? Luckily, these days may be coming to an end with a new connection standard USB Type-C. 

 The tech industry is finally making advances to standardize cables and have one universal connection that will work with any device. These all-in-one cords will definitely make your life easier and you can say goodbye to incompatible connections. The USB Type C is similar to the familiar USB cable but it comes with a few significant differences:
  • It can transfer data and power – meaning you can use it to power a device or use it with multiple peripherals such as a HDMI, VGA, or USB cable and transfer data. 
  • It’s much smaller than the standard USB cable. This means future laptops will not need the bulky power adapters and will be able to charge via the small USB port, similar to a tablet or phone. 
  • It’s more powerful and faster than most cables on the market with an expected top speed of 10Gbps and a power output of up to 100W. 
  • It will have identical ends so you won’t have to worry about plugging it in upside down.
  • It’s backwards compatible with the cables you have now, so long as you have an adapter. 

What can you expect right now?
Apple and Google products are already using these ports and cables in their products and other manufacturers are expected to follow suit beginning heavily in 2015. Hopefully by this time next year most hardware will be shipping with this port. At the very least you can expect to switch out your old cables for ones that are USB Type C compatible.
Additional information can be found here.
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