Fumbling over how to plug your USB into a port is a thing of the past with the USB-C. It can be used on both sides. According to the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), this innovation also makes the plug more durable. Up to 10,000 plug connections are possible – seven times more than its predecessor. You can find out what USB-C technology can do for you in our guide.
Fast data transmission and high power supply
The new, flat USB-C connector (8.4 x 2.6mm) can transfer data rates of up to 10 Gigabit/s, twice as much as the previous version. The power supply has also been optimised, which considerably accelerates the charging of smartphones. A variable supply voltage is also possible with the USB Power Delivery Specification. The permissible current is increased to 5 amps. This means that notebooks that require significantly more power can also be charged.
Advanced data transfers with USB-C
With USB-C technology, it‘s possible to transfer video and audio files parallel to the load and USB data stream. In addition, Display Port, PCI Express, Thunderbolt, HDMI or MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) signals can also be transferred with an adapter. This means that a single USB interface is sufficient to transmit all signals simultaneously.
USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Gen 2 and USB 2.0 comparison
The main difference between the USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 and the USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 is the data transfer rate. USB 3.1 Gen 1 can transfer up to 5 Gbps – USB 3.1. Gen 2 can transfer up to 10 Gbps. USB 2.0 drops significantly here in comparison because this technology can only achieve data transfer rates of only 480 Mbit/s. This significantly accelerates the playback of high-resolution video material or performance-intensive games with USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, for example from an external hard drive. Another aspect that strongly distinguishes USB-C from USB 2.0 is the power supply. USB 2.0 is designed for 2.5 watts at 5 volts and 0.5 amps. With USB-C technology, devices can be supplied with up to 15 watts at 5 volts and 3 amps. And the USB Power Delivery Specification even allows USB-C technology to charge notebooks, which was unthinkable with USB 2.0.
|USB 2.0||USB-C 3.1 Gen 1||USB-C 3.2 Gen 2|
|Data transfer rate||480 Mbit/s||5 Gbit/s||10 Gbit/s|
Various functions through the DP Alt Mode
The “DP Alt Mode” refers to alternative operating modes with which the USB-C connector can be combined. This means that a single cable covers several functions, like charging, data transmission, audio or video signals. This is also possible with Displayport 1.3 or MHL signals. However, an adapter is required to implement the “DP Alt Mode”
Durability and simple operation
USB-C technology has the neat ability to be used on both sides. So the “trial and error” of how the plug now fits into the USB socket has come to an end. This innovation also contributes to the optimised service life of the USB-C connectors. For example, if you want to charge your smartphone once a day with the USB-C connector, then you could easily do this for the next 27 years!
In summary, the USB-C connector delivers significantly more performance than the previous versions, is more pleasant to use and more versatile, because multiple use allows a wide range of applications.