Here Comes the New USB Plug

Time to get ready for a new USB plug. The new connector for USB 3.1 will be reversible, so a user can insert it with either side on the top, and it may become the only connector needed for many devices.

On Tuesday, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that it has begun development on the next generation of the famed connector. The new USB Type-C will handle USB 3.1, 3.0 and 2.0 technologies, and is designed to allow for thinner product designs, with a smaller size comparable to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B. Users will also be able to insert it with either side of the connector up, as with AppleEUs Lightning connector.

The connector design, however, will not be compatible with existing USB plugs, including Type-A, Type-B or Micro-B. Currently, USB 3 and 2 ports are compatible. But the new spec will include standards for passive cables and adapters so that users can use their existing peripherals and cables with products having USB Type-C connections.

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Brad Saunders, Group Chairman of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, said in a statement that his organization recognizes EUthe need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,EU and that the new connection standard is intended to EUlay a foundation for future versions of USB.EU

Intel Vice President Alex Peleg told news media that his company is EUexcitedEU about the development of a new, thin Type-C connector because it will EUenable an entirely new super thin class of devices,EU including phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Since the new USB will be able to carry data, power and video, he said, it may well be the EUonly connector one will need across all devices.EU

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