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Next generation USB will be reversible

The USB or Universal Serial Bus is probably the most popular type of plug today. From phones, tablets, PCs, cameras and more, USB is there. Fresh from the USB 3.1 update, the creators of the USB is taking it a step further.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the USB Type-C connector which will be built on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies. This should give way for thinner and sleeker designs of devices, enhanced usability and should light up the future of USB.


The key characteristics of the USB Type-C as stated on the press release:

* An entirely new design tailored to work well with emerging product designs
* New smaller size – similar in size to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B
* Usability enhancements – users will no longer need to be concerned with plug
orientation/cable direction, making it easier to plug in
* The Type-C connector and cable will support scalable power charging
* Scalability – the connector design will scale for future USB bus performance

Bad news is, the new plug will not be directly compatible with existing cables and ports but adapters will be designed as well. The USB Type-C is aimed for industry review around the first quarter next year and shall be completed by the middle of 2014.

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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7 Responses

  1. Benchmark says:

    Not an apple fan boy but maybe they got some ideas in the lightning cable of the the new idevice.

    Well i got this experience i wreck one of my usb port in my laptop while forcing a wrong oriented plug in it…remember, USB logo is always SIDE UP.

  2. CopyCatDroid says:

    Ngayon lang naisip eto ?

    • pangulong abnoy says:

      Oo nga…bakit ngayon lang naisip hindi pa nung 1996 kung kailan naimbento ang USB standard. Stupid engineers indeed.

    • wew says:

      @pangulong abnoy oo nga eh nahiya naman sila sau edi sana nung 1996 sinabi mo na agad na dapat reversible ang USB o kaya ikaw na dapat ang nagpatent henyo ka kase eh.

  3. Hen-Sheen says:

    If USB 4.0 came to be, I would not buy it at all!

    • hay naku says:

      Alam mo na ba features ng USB 4?

      antay-antay ka pa susunod nang lalabas ang USB payb

    • tapos ? says:

      meron ka na bang gadget o device na may USB-4 na port?

      bakit ka bibili?

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