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USB Type-C is Better Than USB 3.1

Dec. 30, 2020

Speaking of USB Type-C, it must have something to do with USB 3.1. Many technology media even confuse USB3.1 with USB Type-C in reports. What's more, some unscrupulous manufacturers only carry the USB Type-C interface, but advertise that it has all the features of USB 3.1, deceiving consumers. So, what is the connection between USB 3.1 and USB Type-C? What are the advantages of USB Type-C to make it popular?

USB 3.1 and USB Type-C are two different things

Strictly speaking, USB 3.1 is a transmission standard. After the development of USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, USB 3.1 has made great progress in all aspects. And USB Type-C, to be precise, is an interface standard. There are three interface standards for USB 3.1, namely USB Type A, USB Type B (Micro USB) and the latest USB Type-C. At present, Type A interface is mainly used as a connection port for computers and other equipment. Micro USB mainly appears on small devices such as smart phones and is widely used. As for USB Type-C, due to various characteristics, it is called the most promising to unify the interface standards of various interfaces.

It is worth noting that there is no absolute correlation between USB 3.1 and USB Type-C. To know that there is a USB Type-C interface, it does not necessarily mean that it supports the USB 3.1 standard. The USB 3.1 standard may not necessarily be a USB Type-C interface. At this point, don't be fooled by bad vendors. So what we want to discuss should be the USB Type-C interface that supports USB 3.1. What are the benefits?

USB Type-C

USB Type-C

1. Higher transmission speed

Speaking of high speed, we must think of Thunderbolt interface. However, due to cost constraints, the Thunderbolt interface has not been popularized until today.

The opposite of the Thunderbolt interface is USB 3.1. In theory, its transmission speed reaches 10Gbps per second. Although it is not as fast as the latest Thunderbolt interface, it is completely sufficient for daily use.

2. ultra-thin

The development direction of portable digital devices such as smart phones is thin and light. As we all know, as a highly industrialized product, the internal space of a smart phone can be described as an inch of gold.

Compared with the old Micro USB interface, the USB Type-C interface is significantly reduced in length and width. For mobile digital products, USB Type-C is obviously a better standard. Presumably, USB Type-C will replace the Micro USB interface and become the new standard for mobile digital products in the near future.

3. both positive and negative can be inserted

Ever since Apple introduced the Lightning interface, countless consumers have thought about it when they will be able to use the same interface that can be plugged in the same way as the Lightning interface.

Fortunately, USB Type-C perfectly solves this problem. Like the Lightning interface, the front and back of the USB Type-C interface are the same. This also means that users do not have to worry about the pros and cons of the USB Interface, which is very user-friendly.

4. charging speed

Today, when there is no breakthrough in battery technology, fast charging has become the best way to solve the problem of battery life. However, due to the specifications of the old port, it can only output a maximum voltage of 5V. However, USB Type-C is completely different. It can provide up to 20V voltage and 5A current output, and the maximum output power reaches 100W. This allows USB Type-C to meet the charging requirements of most digital devices on the market. At present, Apple's MacBook has adopted the USB Type-C interface for power supply. Presumably, more and more manufacturers will adopt this standard soon.

USB Type-C is different from the past USB interface. It can not only be used for charging and data transmission, but also as a MIDI output line for PTP photo transmission. Today, when electronic product design is increasingly advocating simplicity, USB Type-C brings more possibilities to people. Perhaps in the near future, the only wired interface that can be found on digital devices is USB Type-C.

To sum up

Every upgrade of an electronic device interface is the result of manufacturers rushing along with consumers, and USB Type-C is no exception. At present, despite the various benefits of USB Type-C, relatively expensive accessory prices have become the biggest obstacle preventing the popularization of USB Type-C.

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