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All About USB 3.1 And USB Type-C Connector

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All About USB 3.1 And USB Type-C Connector: USBs had proved to be an important part of our Hi-Tech life, whether you want to transfer data or do charging of your devices. There are only few universally accepted technology standards as ubiquitous as USB(Universal Serial Bus). USB are being made more and more sophisticated to improve data transfer speed, but only few people know about USB standard development chain through  USB 1.x, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 and USB Type C connectors. General audience doesn’t know much about its newly developed USB 3.1 or USB Type C connectors and its specifications. Today we will tell you All About USB 3.1 And USB Type-C Connector then USB Power Delivery(PD) connector.

All About USB 3.1 And USB Type-C Connector

First of all USB 3.1 and USB Type C are not alias to one another, they are fore clear different from each other. So you need to confuse USB 3.1 connector with USB C Type connector. In simple words, USB is a industry standard not a physical thing whereas USB 3.1 is a revision of it. USB Type-C is a type of connector that comprises a Type-C receptacle and Type-C plug. Here USB 3.1 standard signals will travel over USB Type-C connector. But its is not necessary that Type C connector can carry only USB 3.1 signals but it can carry USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 standard signals also. Even Apple’s new MacBook and Nokia N1 tablet already use USB Type-C connector but still both USB 2.0 type devices.

What is new about Type-C connector?

The Type-C connector is a newly developed connector that can support most of old standards and new USB standards including USB 3.1 and USB Power Delivery(PD).

In old fashioned USB ports, Type-A is the connector you are most familiar with. Even if USB standards has improved through USB 1, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 levels but the type of connector remained the same. Type-A connectors were bigger and messy that plugs only in one side, so you need to fondle over your device to get the connector into port. Again you can’t use those massive USBs in smartphones, cameras, and Game controllers.

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So a new connector came into existence with 3 times smaller size and usable for any device whether its a mobile phone or any peripheral device. The USB Power Delivery is again completely intertwined with Type-C connector. Present devices like smartphones, tablets, and power banks requires USB to get charged. Normal USB delivers a power of 2.5 Watts that can charge mobiles but not laptops that needs up to 60 Watts of power. Here USB Power Delivery had improved power supply capacity of USB to 100 Watts, So you can charge smartphone and mobiles with same cable inn Bi-directional manner. Apple’s new MacBook and Google’s Chromebook Pixel are installed with USB Type-C connector to charge them. 


What are the features of USB 3.1 Connector

First of all, USB 3.1 is a universal connector that can be inserted into any USB port without fumbling about the direction. The data transfer rate in USB 3.1 version is way more than its previous versions at maximum of 10 Gb/s. If you compare USB 3.0 was limited to a maximum data transfer rate of 5 Gb/s and USB 2.0 only provided 480 Mb/s. You can see inventors have reached a way more speed of transfer than a processor can process. In USB You can insert it in any direction providing quick connection.


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The USB Type C connector based on USB 3.1 technology was designed to provide reliability and durability. As it was tested for 10,000 port insertion and extraction cycles.

The power required by small gadgets like Smartphone and tablets is about 2.5 Watts. USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 have completed this requirement with 2.5 Watts and 4.5 Watts capacity respectively. But if we say you can charge a laptop with the same USB that you use for mobiles! Now its possible with new USB 3.1 technology based connector that has a power capacity of 100 Watts. It provide same power even during data transfer with its latest USB Power Delivery(USB PD) standard.

Now it is for sure all coming devices will have USB Type-C connectors in it. There is no way any gadget manufacturing company can avoid it without harming their market value.

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