USB-C™ – An Overview

Perhaps you’ve heard all the hype around USB-C™ cables lately and you have questions about the technology. Look no further, we have all the information you need right here!

WHAT IS USB-C™?

USB-C™, also known as USB Type-C™, is the latest connector developed by the USB Implementers’ Forum (USB-IF), a group of industry leaders within the consumer electronics community, such as Apple, Intel, and Dell. This new technology is likely to be widely adopted, as many of the world’s most recognized manufacturers support it already. With such support, USB-C™ will gradually replace previous USB types, including USB-A, USB-B and USB Mini-B. As future devices are equipped with the new USB-C™ port, which is smaller than its predecessors, it’s likely that these devices will also be thinner, lighter, and more compact than ever before.

WHAT DOES A USB-C™ OR TYPE-C™ CABLE LOOK LIKE?

The USB-C™ cable head is smaller than before, and looks a bit like a Micro-USB connector.

WHY IS USB-C™ BETTER THAN EXISTING USB CABLES?

USB-C™ is very user friendly and it has a reversible connector. There’s no up or down orientation so it works regardless of which way you plug it in. Truly universal. Not just happy to work with smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, or anything that traditionally connects via USB, USB-C™ is also at home across different operating systems like iOS, Android, Windows, Google and more. Now that’s a real game changer.

PERFORMANCE

It’s really, really fast. USB-C™ can transfer data at speeds up to 10Gbps (gigabits per second). Or an entire high definition feature-length movie in just 30 seconds. That’s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0!
Not only is it fast, there’s so much more power. With up to 100 watts, or 3 amps of power, USB-C™ cables can power almost anything from laptops to large high-resolution monitors, even some printers.
Also, USB-C™ cables can deliver Ultra-HD 4K video resolution to USB-C™ and HDMI displays. That’s four times the resolution of standard high definition.

THE FUTURE OF USB-C™

USB-C™ isn’t just a new development, it’s a new standard. Everything it promises — speed, ease of use, universality — can be applied to a multitude of devices. With this much potential, USB-C™ has another edge over existing USB cables: it’ll be around much longer.

WHAT WILL I USE USB-C™ FOR?

As the world moves toward USB-C™, it doesn’t mean you have to replace all your existing devices. Your new USB-C™ device (such as a laptop) will still be compatible with all your existing devices (smartphones, tablets, mouse, printer, etc.), you just need the correct USB-C™ cable or adapter.

WHAT’S BEHIND THE MOVE TO USB-C™?

Mountains of defunct cables in landfills across the world motivated action for reform. Tech companies all over the world responded to new European regulations that called for a standard connector.
The USB-C™ connector is being widely adopted by manufacturers including Apple, Google and Microsoft. With such widespread support from these market-leading manufacturers, it’s only a matter of time before the new standard becomes the norm.
The idea of new technology that embraces future proofing for environmental reasons is groundbreaking. At Aries Manufacturing, we’re proud to be a part of this pioneering move toward an environmentally sustainable, tech-friendly future.

IS USB TYPE-C™ THE SAME AS USB 3.1?

Although USB-C™ and USB 3.1 were developed at the same time, they are not the same thing.
USB 3.1 is an upgrade from the familiar USB 2.0, and more recent USB 3.0, offering significantly faster data transfer.
USB-C™ is not backward compatible.
USB 3.1 is the new technology. The USB-C™ is a connector that enables the functionality to support the new technology.

WHAT IS USB POWER DELIVERY?

USB Power Delivery, or USB PD, is a charging protocol that uses high speed USB-C™ connecters and cables. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops that are Power Delivery-enabled allow safe, faster charging and more power for larger devices, without the need of a separate power supply. USB PD will charge your smartphone up to 70% faster than standard 5W charging. You can even share power between USB PD devices.

If you have any other questions or would like to see the USB-C™ cables we offer, please visit our website http://www.ariesmfg.com/ or give us a call at (800) 959-2743.

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