USB-C

Universal Serial Bus Type-C

USB-C is the acronym for Universal Serial Bus Type-C.

What is Universal Serial Bus Type-C?

A 24-pin USB connector system that is distinguished by its two-fold rotationally symmetrical connector.

The USB-C specification was first released in 2013, and its development was led by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), a group of companies that has developed, certified, and shepherded the USB standard over the years. It was designed to be a single universal connector to support various devices and use cases. Here are some key features of USB-C:

  1. Reversibility: Unlike its predecessors, the USB-C connector is reversible, meaning it can be plugged in with either side facing up, making it much more convenient.
  2. Power Delivery: USB-C can deliver up to 100 watts of power, making it capable of charging larger devices like laptops and not just smartphones and tablets.
  3. Data Transfer: USB-C supports the USB 3.1 standard, which means it can transfer data at speeds of up to 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second). Later versions, like USB 3.2 and USB4, have the potential to double and quadruple that speed, respectively.
  4. Alternate Modes: USB-C supports Alternate Modes that allow it to carry not just USB data but also other types of data protocols. This can include video signals (DisplayPort, HDMI), which enables you to connect monitors and other display devices with the same port.
  5. Universal Use: The USB-C port is used on various devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers, as well as peripherals like keyboards, mice, external drives, and docking stations.

The widespread adoption of USB-C represents a significant advancement in USB technology to simplify connections and provide a single cable and connector for various devices and functions.

  • Abbreviation: USB-C
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