USB-C is on the rise. The new USB connection addresses the weaknesses of its predecessor and at the same time sets future standards with new possible uses. But what are the benefits of the USB-C plug type and what sets it apart from existing USB ports? How to identify USB-C compatibility and what has USB 3 to do with it? This and more questions we want to answer. We also offer you an easy way to find exactly the right cable for your USB-C unit combination, with our USB-C cable configurator.
The evolution of the USB-C
The USB-C standard is a joint development by renowned hardware and software companies. In the context of the USB Implementers Forum, Microsoft, Google, Intel, and many others support the USB technology, to optimize the exchange of data between different devices. The Samsung Galaxy S10, HUAWEI Mate 20 and Google Pixel 3 are only examples for smartphone models, where manufacturers already rely on USB-C. Also Apple has released the iPad Pro 11" (2018) with a USB-C standard.
USB-C as a trend-setting standard
Since the USB-A connector and USB standard was introduced in 1996, a lot has happen with the Universal Serial Bus. New plugs like micro USB, Micro-B USB and Mini-B USB, have resulted in a clutter, when using different mobile devices. To counter this trend, the EU has called for a uniform technology for connections. With the development of the USB-C, the perfect candidate for this is provided. It fulfills all the requirements, which end users and manufacturers can have for a port of the future. Already, this standard is supported by leading IT companies. So it is obvious that the USB-C will prevail as a future-oriented universal port.
Differences from predecessors
In contrast to previous USB versions, the USB-C plug type is symmetrical. This means that it no longer matters how the plug is connected to the device, because it is the same on both sides. The connection is also designed in such a way that it is suitable for all mobile devices. With the USB 3 it provides laptops with a sufficient current to load, external hard drives with a reasonable data transfer rate and smartphones with an interface that enables a compact design. The USB C standard is therefore universally applicable and able to replace not only previous USB-, stereo- and other connections.
The advantages of USB-C at a glance:
Easy to use
Thanks to a balanced and very slim plug is the USB-C particularly easy to use. In contrast to previous versions, the USB-C can be plugged in regardless of the orientation.
In connection with USB 3, USB-C devices, with the appropriate cable, are capable of transfer speeds of up to 10 GBit/s. Thus even 4 K videos from an external device is possible.
Along with the USB 3 standard, USB-C allows a much faster charging speed. With a capacity of up to 100W, notebooks can be easily recharged.
With the USB-C standard, devices of all types and function can be connected. The connector type can and will replace previous audio -, video -, power - and data connections. He is always compatible with these connections via an adapter.
The USB type C connector is designed for 10,000 plug-in operations. Thus, each connected device will survive for years, when used daily.
The USB-C port allows a new transmission speed: the USB 3 technology. Transfer rates of up to 10 GBit/s are possible with this technology. There are also USB-C to USB-A cable that allow a transfer of such data, as well as conventional USB-A cable, allowing at least a current loading speed at this level (power delivery). Also between mobile devices there are significant differences. Speeds of up to 10 GBit/s during data transfer are usually possible for notebooks, while smartphones are not made for such values. What transmission speeds for data and power are available and whether optical signals (DisplayPort) can be transmitted, can be read normally on the labelling of the connection:
USB 3.1 (G.1)
USB 3.1 (G.2)
Super Speed Plus
|With power delivery|
|Without power delivery|