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What is USB Type C used for?

Mar. 18, 2021

USB Type-C, also known as USB-C, is a universal serial bus (USB) hardware interface form. the largest in appearance is that the upper and lower ends are completely consistent, and the USB is no longer distinguished compared to Micro-USB.

The USB Type-C specification 1.0 was published by the USB Developer Forum (USB-IF) and completed in August 2014. It is basically the same as the USB 3.1 specification. But USB-C is just a port that doesn't necessarily support USB 3.x or power transfer (many phone types -C still use USB 2.0). Since the release of the USB-C specification in 2014, many new Android mobile devices, laptops, desktops and even 3C devices, such as game consoles, please start using this connection port. Windows 10 itself supports USB Type C.

The USB-C port is 8.3× 2.5mm in size, which is smaller than the current USB port on PCs, but slightly larger than the 6.85× 1.8mm microUSB port, which is 6.85× 1.8mm in size. As for the power transmission specification, the wire standard is 5V, 5A, and the connector is 3A. The additional design of the device required Type-C due to incompatibility with any existing Type. The world's first source of USB 3.1 main control terminals and device terminals was presented by ASMedia at the Annual Conference in 2014.

In an interview, Brad Saunders, chairman of the USB 3.0 Enablers Group, said, "While USB technology is the most popular for connecting devices and charging devices, we still recognize that we need to develop a new joint to meet the evolving trend. For example, progression size and availability. The new USB-C connector will meet the needs of the market and lay the foundation for future USB versions. "

USB-C is designed as the ultimate universal connection. Its size allows it to be used on computers and mobile devices. The design also allows you to use not only the USB 3.1 protocol but also Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort.

This means that you can do all the content of USB-C via USB-A and USB-B, but you can also connect powerful peripherals (such as GPUs) and display them on USB-C ports.

USB Type-C is still quite new and has not yet been incorporated into most of the devices we use on a daily basis. Right now, you'll only find USB Type-C in Apple MacBook computers, some Chromebooks and other newer laptop models, and some flash drives. It is also used on the Nintendo Switch game console.

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