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Reversible USB cables are here

Reversible USB ports are finally a reality. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the completion of the USB Type-C specification. 

This essentially means that new, reversible connector equipped cable and connectors would be available for mobile as well as other devices. 

The new connectors are not directly compatible with their older counterparts, however, the group has detailed adapters for existing connectors. 

” The new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.); however, the USB Type-C specification defines passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow consumers to use the new connector with their existing products,” said a statement from the group. 

The new cable and connector standard supports USB performance at SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W. The connector supports scalable power charging. It would have 3A power delivery capacity for standard cables and 5A for connectors. 

The USB Type-C specification details a new cable and connector scheme for mobile device product designs, and designs for laptops and tablets. The connectors are of the same size as micro-USB 2.0 ports present in most mobile phones and other portable devices. 

Reversible plug and cable direction will allow users to plug-in the connector from any orientation, similar to Apple’s lightning connector. 

“This next generation of USB technology opens the door for the invention of an entirely new, super thin class of devices that consumers haven’t even seen yet,” said Alex Peleg, vice president, Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corporation. “The USB Type-C connector, combined with high-performance data and power, is the ideal single-cable solution for all devices now and into the future. 

“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman. “Representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”

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