If you have bought a new laptop or Android phone or tablet in recent months, the chances are it have a different type of USB connection.
This is USB-C, the latest industry standard for USB connections.
USB-C offers a range of improvements on its predecessors. First off, it’s much faster meaning it takes less time to charge your phone or transfer files.
It is also ubiquitous, meaning it will work across a range of devices such as your laptop, smartphone or any other gadget which supports USB-C, all of which can run using the same connector and cable.
The connection itself is reversible, meaning there’s no wrong way of fitting it into its port, which saves fiddling at night when trying to charge your phone in the dark.
While USB-C is a big improvement on what has gone before it, users haven’t been able to fully benefit from its capabilities.
This is because the standards for USB-C have varied from devices from different manufacturers.
This means that while your USB-C cable may look the same as another, the speeds could actually vary considerably depending on its manufacturer.
Well now some of the world’s leading tech manufacturers have announced new specifications for USB-C which is good news for users.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, and industry body whose members include Apple, HP, Microsoft and Intel, have announced the release of a new specification for USB-C, dubbed USB 3.2.
The update promises data rate speeds of 20Gbps, the group said in a press release.
The good news is that while you will need a device that supports USB 3.2, the group have said that even older USB 3.0 cables and below will still be able to benefit from the new specifications and should also see faster speeds.
While it is too early to say which devices will include USB 3.2, the official release is scheduled for September.
Speaking about the update, Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft said:
“With increased performance and seamless compatibility, the new USB 3.2 specification brings even more speed and bandwidth benefits to new USB 3.2 devices, while remaining compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices.”
Via: The Verge