There’s a cartoon that always make’s me laugh; it shows a man jabbing the end of a USB charger into his smart phone, when it doesn’t fit he turns it around and tries the other way, when that doesn’t work he turns it over again and this time the end fits perfectly.
If you’ve experienced this problem you might have wondered why the plug of a USB has to be asymmetrical in the first place. I mean, you need a magnifying glass to see the shape of the port anyway. But thankfully all this jabbing and prodding should soon be all behind us, as one company have unveiled its solution.
The USB Promoter Group has developed a USB plug that is not only slimmer than others on the market, but is symmetrical in design. This means that whichever way you plug it into your device it will fit as it has been created to work as a reversible design.
The Type-C connector is a new slimmer symmetrical USB plug geared towards the next generation of smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks, which makers USB Promoter Group say will be thinner and sleeker than their predecessors. And the new USB cable and connector may be thinner, but this does not affect the performance in anyway, as it supports USB performance at SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (gigabits per second) and provide up to 100W of power.
“This next generation of USB technology opens the door for the invention of an entirely new, super thin class of devices that consumers haven’t even seen yet,” said Alex Peleg, vice president, Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corporation. “The USB Type-C connector, combined with high-performance data and power, is the ideal single-cable solution for all devices now and into the future.”
According to the group, the Type-C will be ‘the only connector one will need across all devices.’
Consumers still using current devices will have to employ an adapter to be able to use the new USB plugs however, until the technology catches up. The company are confident that in the very near future, anyone with a smart device will be using one of their USB plugs, despite the fact that Apple, one of the major telecommunications companies in the world, has no plans to adopt the plug:
“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. He added: “Representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and internet of things industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this new standard.”
It is thought that as technology progresses, more and more devices will connect to the internet as not only a form of recharging, but to use various apps as well:
“This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort among industry leaders to standardise the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution,” Saunders stated.
You can find out more about the USB Type-C cable at www.USB.org.