One of the biggest problems with the current USB connections it that they have to be pushed-in the right way around. Which sometimes isn’t the easiest to do if you are fumbling around at the back of your computer.
However their might be light at the end of the tunnel to bring and end to this fumbling, as this week the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that they are currently developing a next generation USB port that will be completely reversible.
The new USB Type-C connector, is currently under development and will build on the existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, but provide users with a thinner and sleeker connection. The new supplement to the USB 3.1 specification is expected to be completed by the middle of next year say the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector and cable solution include:
– An entirely new design tailored to work well with emerging product designs
– New smaller size – similar in size to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B
– Usability enhancements – users will no longer need to be concerned with plug orientation/cable direction, making it easier to plug in
– The Type-C connector and cable will support scalable power charging
– Scalability – the connector design will scale for future USB bus performance
Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman explains : “While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” -“The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”
Alex Peleg, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group explains : “Intel is excited to see the development of the new thin Type-C connector as it will enable an entirely new super thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops and a multitude of other more specific usage devices,”-“This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”
For more information on the new reversible USB connector jump over to the USB.org press release website for details.