USB-C Brings New Functionality to USB Connectors and Cables

The latest addition to the USB connector lineup is USB-C, and, according
 to its developers, it might be the last (at least until the next one 
comes along). It takes the “universal” in “universal serial bus” 
seriously – not only is it sized slim enough to fit the sleekest 
smartphone, it’s also designed to make the most of the new USB 3.1 
SuperSpeed+ standard, which enables broad enough bandwidths to transmit 
4K UHD video to a flat-screen TV.  This means you could use the same 
cable to charge a laptop and connect a streaming device to your TV. Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems

Chuck Ross

The latest addition to the USB connector lineup is USB-C, and, according to its developers, it might be the last (at least until the next one comes along). It takes the “universal” in “universal serial bus” seriously – not only is it sized slim enough to fit the sleekest smartphone, it’s also designed to make the most of the new USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ standard, which enables broad enough bandwidths to transmit 4K UHD video to a flat-screen TV.  This means you could use the same cable to charge a laptop and connect a streaming device to your TV.

Some phone and computer manufacturers have already begun incorporating USB-C ports into their products. If you have purchased an Apple MacBook or Google Chromebook Pixel laptop in the last year or so, for example, you likely already are familiar with these new connectors and ports. Apple’s new iOS 13 operating system for phones and iPads will support USB-C, meaning the new iPad Pro could connect directly to digital cameras and flash drives. The presence of this new technology is only likely to grow, moving forward.

USB-C ports also are beginning to show up on new electrical receptacles. USB-A ports have become a common convenience on receptacles and power strips in both commercial and residential products. The ports allow users to plug devices directly into an outlet without need for a power adapter. Because the USB PD (Power Delivery )standard incorporated into many new USB-C cables enables power delivery of up to 100 watts, you could also charge a laptop with just a compatible cable, with no adapter plug required.


Photo courtesy of Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems

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