The universal connector that is simply more convenient

USB Type-C – The new standard for all devices

With a variety of advantages, including faster data transmission, quicker charging, and “reversible” plug connector, the future prospects for USB Type-C are bright.

More and more devices are coming equipped with the new USB Type-C connector. In the long term, it is to replace the familiar USB interface and be installed in charging devices, TVs, sound adapters, smartphones, PCs, laptops, and many more.

Brands like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and other manufacturers already offer the convenience of USB Type-C in their devices. Additionally, in March 2017, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 was released with the new connector.

We already provide compatible accessories like cables and adapters in order for customers to be able to make the best use of the new technology.

What is USB Type-C?

USB Type-C is the new standardised format for plug connectors, cables and plug sockets developed by the USB Implementers Forum. This cooperation between leading technology companies like Apple, Intel and Dell aimed to develop a uniform technology for supplying power, transferring data, and displaying video, all over one and the same connection. The result is the plug and socket type USB-C, whose point-symmetric design allows it to be used either side up. More and more devices are coming equipped with the new USB Type-C connection, which is why we would like to inform you of the benefits it brings.

USB Type-C also supports other technologies with various functions. Depending on the product, the following technologies may be supported:

  • USB 3.1 Gen 2: USB 3.1 Gen 2 was developed at the same time as USB Type-C. This protocol can transfer data at up to 10 Gbit/s, making it 20 times faster than USB 2.0.
  • USB Power Delivery: USB PD technology brings a power boost, permitting up to 100 watts and a current of up to 5 A. This allows not only smartphones, but even laptops, monitors and printers to be supplied with power. And with compatible devices, USB PD enables considerably shorter charging times. In addition, the current is no longer restricted to one direction, meaning that power can be transferred from one smartphone or tablet to another.
  • Alternate Mode: USB Type-C makes it possible to re-purpose leads by means of so-called alternate modes. So for example, DisplayPort or HDMI can run over the USB-C cable, and deliver picture and sound in addition to data and power.

What does USB Type-C look like?

USB Type-C is smaller than USB-A and stands out for its symmetrical shape.

Advantages at a glance

  • Reversible:With the symmetrical USB Type-C plug connector, it doesn’t matter which way you plug it in. This applies not only to the plug, but to the cable itself.
  • More powerful: For one thing, in combination with USB 3.1, higher data transfer rates are possible. For another, since it is design for higher charging currents, it can charge smartphones faster and charge larger devices.
  • Universal & future-proof: All the largest technology companies are betting on this new standard, with the result that more and more products are hitting the market with USB Type-C connections installed. In addition, the new standard is supported by various operating systems, from Android to Windows. So it’s only a question of time before all your devices can use the same cable.
  • Compact: USB Type-C plug connectors are smaller than their predecessors, allowing new devices to slimmer and lighter.
  • All-in-one: Besides power and data, USB Type-C can transmit Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, PCI Express and analogue audio signals via USB.