Upcoming USB Type-C connector won't have "right" and "wrong" sides
By Ben Coxworth
December 6, 2013
Tired of trying to plug in a USB cable, only to discover that you have to flip it over? Well, it looks like that design could be going the way of the 5.25-inch floppy disk. Earlier this week, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the development of the new USB Type-C connector, which will work in any plug orientation or cable direction.
Type-C is designed around existing USB 2.0 and 3.1 technologies, but will be smaller – about the size of a present-day USB 2.0 Micro-B plug. This will allow for its use with increasingly smaller and thinner devices.
The new connector and its accompanying cable will also support scalable power charging. One thing that won't be supported, however, are existing USB ports. An adapter will be required for devices still incorporating that "old" technology.
Industry review of the Type-C specification is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2014, with publication of a final specification expected in the middle of the year.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, should you be wondering, consists of Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics and Texas Instruments.
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