USB-C technology is slowly but surely making its way into the world of consumer electronics, and it’s not just mobile devices that benefit from it. Many high-end laptops now offer USB-C ports. What’s more, USB-C is capable of delivering enough power to fully charge a host device.
Apple and other major electronics manufacturers are already adopting USB-C technology, which is becoming increasingly popular. The rise of the USB-C standard has spurred the development of a standardized connector. For example, Google’s Chromebook Pixel, released in 2013, removed its proprietary Lightning connector and mini DisplayPort SD/MMC card reader, and replaced them with USB 3.1 Type-C ports with 5 Gbit/s data transfer and power charging. Apple’s third-generation iPad Pro machine is also equipped with USB-C ports.
But not all USB-C ports support all of the features of the new standard.
To support all of these features, a device must have the necessary multiplexers and ICs in its design. This requires a higher cost than a bare-bones USB port, but it scales as the number of ports increases. If a device does not support all these features, it won’t support Alternate Modes.
As the cost of USB components falls, new power and data capacities will become more affordable. In the future, USB-C ports could become common on power strips, in cars, and on wall power sockets. Furthermore, USB-C cables will also have additional requirements, like supporting 240 watts. These requirements also require cables to carry icon-like graphics that confirm they’re compatible with USB-C devices.
The rise in the implementation of USB-C is expected to continue accelerating, especially for the telecommunication industry. USB Type-C connectors are a crucial part of a phone or computer, and its adoption in these industries is projected to increase at a CAGR of 29.7% over the next several years.
USB-C is gaining popularity across the world, but it still has its fair share of problems.
The current specification for USB-C is opaque and proprietary, and it can lead to consumer frustration. Nevertheless, smartphones and high-end laptops are increasingly using the standard. The rise in popularity of USB-C is a positive step for both Apple devices and other electronics manufacturers.
USB-C has increased connectivity and speed. Thunderbolt is one of the most useful protocols for USB-C ports. Thunderbolt 4 adds support for up to 40Gbps throughput and lowers power consumption. Thunderbolt can move up to 100 watts of power.
USB signal standards are constantly evolving. Each new release tries to improve on features introduced in previous versions. The latest USB signal standard is USB 4 from the USB Implementers Forum, although it has not yet been introduced to the market. So, it’s unclear which USB-C devices will work with which Thunderbolt devices.
USB-C technology supports three primary USB standards. USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are the two most common. However, USB 3.0 and 3.1 use the same port. This makes it possible to use the same cable for multiple purposes.