What is USB Type-C and why it matters?
USB Type-C was on the spotlight for more than 15 minutes last week as Apple introduced the new Macbook with only a single port. The port is dubbed as the one port to rule them all — power charging, data transfer, video transfer and more.
We’re already used to USB Type-A. Those are the ones in flash/HDD drives, USB dongles, and practically almost everything. USB Type-B are the square ones you’d normally find at the back of a USB printer or external HDD drives. USB Type-C is becoming the new standard — a multi-faceted, double-sided port.
Type-C (port type) was included in the new USB 3.1 standard but they are not exactly exclusive to each other. That means Type-C can be used with older USB standards.
But why does Google and Apple’s implementation of USB Type-C matters? Well, there are a number of things it will take good credit for:
* Type-C (USB 3.1) is compatible with data bandwidths up to 10Gbps data transfer rates. That’s twice the theoretical speed of USB 3.0 which is about 1,250MB/s or one full movie per second.
* USB Type-C (USB 3.1) supports ouput up to 5amps (5000mA) and up to 100W of power. That power output can readily charge a laptop.
* The multi-connection support means a device can charge power, transfer data or stream video thru a single port. It’s also possible a single port can both transfer data, charge and stream video all at the same time.
* Type-C connections in could mean a single port for power and data for other 3rd-party devices connected to the PC — like a laser printer that plugs into a PC for both power and data or an external monitor that transmits video as well as power the display using as single connection. That’s less cables needed.
* One charger to fit them all — an Apple Macbook charger can also theoretically be used with the Google Chromebook Pixel, and vice versa, since the Type-C ports are just the same.