USB cables were first introduced in the mid 1990′s and haven’t seen much of a change in their design but have occasionally gotten upgrades . Currently 3.0 USB cables can only uphold a transfer rate of around 5Gpbs, now though another type of USB cable called “Type-C” is in the works, which would double that and even decrease the size of the traditional USB 3.0 to something like a Micro-USB cable and most of all would be reversable.
The reversable connecter concept might be old as Apple’s Lightning cable was introduced back in late 2012, but unfortunately they only support their own products. Unlike Apples Lightning cable the Type-C USB cable would be available for all platforms. Why is the reversable cable a must? Ask yourself that question, do you like it when you try to plug in your USB cable without seing the direction of the connecter and fail to plug it in?
Since Type-C usb would have a new and reversable design, it would also need a port to plugin and as there are no images of the concept or prototype out now, it is hard to say they would be compatible with current generation USB ports unless there’s a adaptor available. Either compatible or not, the future product would sure have a dedicated port for Type-C cables. And as Alex Peleg from
It “will enable an entirely new super-thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops,”.
The concept is also supported by a group of promoters including Intel, HP, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments. They see the need of an evolution in the current standard as “Consumers are now demanding thinner and sleeker product designs and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group recognises this need,” said the group’s president Jeff Ravencraft.
A small list of changes the Type-C would bring:
* A smaller size, giving the full-size USB Type-C plug similar dimensions to the micro-USB format used by many smartphones and tablets
* Support for scalable power charging, allowing the cable to offer up to 100 watts
* Data speed transfers of up to 10 Gbps, double what is currently possible
* A promise that the new design will accommodate further upgrades
When is the cable expected:
The cables seems to be in their early stages and would be finalized by Mid 2014 and will see mass production around late 2015 or early 2016. By then most of the hardware will have dedicated Type-C USB connectors.
What the world thinks about it?
“This allows USB to increase performance and continue to deliver ease of use to several evolving product categories for years to come,” said Roland Sperlich, from Texas Instruments.
“I don’t think consumers buy devices based on the type of plug, so in terms of driving adoption of a certain type of smartphone, tablet or PC it doesn’t make a great deal of difference,” said Ian Fogg, from consultants IHS.
“As the new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.), the Type-C specification will define passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow users to use their existing products,” someone from the USB promoters group said.