USB Type-C. It's a super connector!
It's not every day that the New York Times publishes an article about a connector. But that is exactly what happened recently. What's got the world's press talking about connectors? Let's take a look...
So, it's a high speed connector, and a power connector, and a video connector. It's flippable and reversible (and both ends of the cable are identical). It has better EMI performance than the current USB 3.0 standard. And you can use it with your existing USB 3.0 devices - all you need is a little adaptor.
Does that sound super to you, because it sounds pretty good to me?
I understand that you are going to be seeing these on your new devices pretty soon, and we at RS Components and Allied Electronics are going to be here to help you get started. We will be working with our friends at TE Connectivity to provide you with a range of products, from adaptors to moulded cables and PCB mounted sockets. You can rely on us to be your partner in the great USB Type-C future!
TE Connectivity has a great website that tells you more about what USB Type-C is, what it does and where you will start seeing it really soon - please take a look by clicking on the logo below. Keep your eyes on the RS Components and Allied Electronics websites, where we will be introducing a whole range of products to get you connected.
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I agree with you, the original USB connector is not the most user-friendly thing in the world.
The USB connector is a compromise, the "Universal" nature of the specification dictates this. It has to do lots of things - more, I think, than the Lightning connector - and in addition it has to be slim, be cheap, be lightweight and last a long time. This last point is quite a feat in itself. As a connector, it needs to work as well on the 10,000th mating cycle as it does on the first, and this type of long life is not easy to achieve.
Let's see how the USB-C performs when it arrives. I don't think we're going to have a choice - it's going to be everywhere!
Being reversible isn't the main thing a new USB connector will need to make it significantly easier to use than existing ones. The main drawback with the current family of USB plugs is that they need to be quite precisely aligned with the socket to go in. I have often found myself turning a USB A connector round because it was not going into the socket only to find that it had been the right way round to start with, it just wasn't lined up exactly enough. Even with mini-Bs, where you can see which way round they need to be, getting them lined up well enough to actually go in can be a struggle.
The Apple lightning connector scores much better than existing USB connectors in this respect and seems to have been designed with ease of insertion in mind, whereas the USB connectors primary design criterion seems to have been cheapness.
Let us hope that the designers of the new connectors have put as much thought into the basic mechanical usability of the C series as they have into the electrical and marketing aspects