Intel introduced the design of a new universal USB connector that can be inserted either side

    In December last year, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced the creation of a completely new type of USB connector - type C. The final specification will be approved in the middle of this year, however, at the IDF 2014 exhibition, which was held from April 2 to 4 , Intel has already introduced the sketch and first features of the new connector.

    The USB type C connector will be incompatible with previous standards - I had to do this in order to achieve very impressive performance. This connector is conceived as universal and in fact the only one necessary for connecting any devices - from displays and high-resolution monitors to smartphones.

    It will support data transfer rates of up to 10 gigabits per second according to the USB 3.1 Gen2 standard. Its physical dimensions are 8.3 by 2.5 mm, about the same as that of USB 2.0 micro-B or the proprietary Apple Lightning, which will allow it to easily fit even in the most portable devices. At the same time, it supports the USB power delivery standard , which provides loads up to 100 watts. It will be able to withstand up to 10,000 cycles of connection-disconnection, as well as a Micro-USB connector.

    One of the most noticeable qualities for the end user - the connector can be inserted on either side, and the cable on either end. Now the USB cable can be inserted without looking, without fear of breaking it or the socket.

    A detailed presentation of the new connector can be downloaded here (PDF 2.2 Mb)

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