New USB 3.1 with Type-C Connector – Faster and Fumble-Free

Posted on April 7, 2014 10:00 AM by J.D. Kane

They’re coming.

USB 3.1’s specification, which will deliver data transfer rates as fast as 10Gbps (gigabits per second), is slated for mass adoption by the end of 2014. The 3.1 specification is twice as fast as the current USB 3.0 spec.

USB 3 Type-C Connector

Along with the faster transfer data transfer speeds, the new standard will also see a new type of connector. The Type-C connector is a radical departure from the current crop of USB connectors in one specific way: It is symmetrical. No longer will connections be dependent on the orientation of the plug. The new Type-C connector is designed to be fool-proof and fumble-free.

The Type-C USB 3.1 connectors are intended to replace both the USB and Micro USB connector standards eventually. About the same size as Apple’s Lightning connector, Type-C is substantially smaller than the current USB connectors installed today.

Both the new 3.1 spec and the Type-C connector design are expected to be finalized in July.

  • Kayden

    Oh great another cable I will need for another device, why can’t we just have one so I don’t have to have 6 different cables in a drawer?

    • Michael Alderson

      That’s the whole point to USB, however refinements clearly had to be made. I don’t image Type C will change much again if at all

    • redserpent7

      Type C will be around for a long long time from the looks of it. This will help manufacturers create even slimmer devices. When USB 3 was first announced I was kinda disappointed by the port size being the same as 2.0 as it was clearly a constraint imposed on devices. But now I’m glad it’s about to change

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