New USB connector Type-C is teh awesomez


Wake me up when the transition is all over.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has finalized the specs for connector Type-C. No, wait, don't close this browser tab yet!

Apparently, Type-C is going to change your life. Not only will you be freed from the terrible conundrum of which way around to plug in your USB plug, but also both ends of the cable will be the same! Wow, that only took, what, 10 years?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cheer and jeer.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.


Jared Newman ponders if his friends are in electric cars: [You're fired -Ed.]

Relief is coming for those who always try to plug USB cables in the wrong way. ... The best part of USB Type-C will be its fully reversible design. ... Theoretically, it can transfer data at up to 10 Gbps, and can deliver up to 100W of power.

The words "ready for production" are always encouraging, especially at the end of a long standards process.  MORE


Sebastian Anthony 'splains:

[It's] the greatest invention in the known universe. ... The USB Implementers Forum will now take the Type-C spec and start building devices, cables, and adapters...over the next few months [but] it may take a little while for Type-C to reach critical mass.

[It's] roughly the same size as the existing Micro-USB connector at the bottom of your smartphone. ... I’m not entirely sure why we had to wait 15+ years for such a breakthrough, but I’m glad we’re finally there.

[It] has 18 pins [and] is essentially two USB 3.1 SuperSpeed connectors. ... If you plug the connector in one way, the top set of pins are used; if you plug it in the other way, the bottom set of pins are used. [It] also supports the new USB Power Delivery spec (also finalized today), which allows for up to 100 watts to be carried over a USB cable (enough to charge a laptop).  MORE


Andrew Cunningham sits on it:

The USB 3.1 spec was finalized a year ago, but as of this writing it has yet to show up in any shipping devices.

The USB Type-C connector has been designed to scale with the USB spec as it gets faster, so as we move beyond USB 3.1 it should be possible to make future cables [backwards] compatible...avoiding ugly solutions like the micro USB 3.0 Type-B connector.  MORE


But Kevin C. Tofel is one of many to point out the downside:

Unlike prior USB standards, the new Type-C connector isn’t backwards compatible with existing USB ports.

As device makers transition to the Type-C spec, we’ll be buying adapters and unique cables to use new and old USB devices together. ... It was just three years ago Europe mandated microUSB as the standard to charge phones.  MORE


Meanwhile, Stefan Constantine hasn't a care in the world:

All my USB cables are about to become completely useless, and I'm actually happy.  MORE

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