After months of deliberation, testing and scrutiny, USB 3.0 is about the undergo its first major redesign since inception. We will no longer be able to plug in a USB drive improperly again.
Going by the name of USB Type-C the new USB designation which began development last December fixes more than the issue of always having to retry plugging in your devices [twice]. This new USB model will be small enough for mobile devices and tough enough to handle laptop and PC operation.
According to USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman Brad Saunders, interest from within the industry and globally spurred the development of this new format in cabling.
“Representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”
The new USB format will be comparable in size to that of USB Type-B connections – think PS3, or an old Sony camcorder/Digital SLR. At only 8.4 by 2.6 millimeters, this new USB format will not only be compact, but packs a punch in the speed department. Allowing for up to 10 Gb/s connection rates and 100 watts of power throughput, the first version of this new USB format is much more device friendly than any before it.
Look forward to a few years of transition in the next generation of USB, as manufacturers ensure your old devices work with the new hardware, but rest assured – the change is coming. For more information on the USB specification check out the press release in PDF form on the USB designation’s official website here.