The Next USB Frontier… USB C to USB 3.1
USB-C and USB 3.0 are improvements on your standard USB. The presence of these improvements in the market has been necessitated by Google’s launch of the Chromebook Pixel and Apple’s MacBook. If you are curious about how these standards will operate, you need to appraise yourself with upcoming technologies. There will be connectors launched with new products for seamlessly interacting USB-C and USB 3.0 with standard USB.
Frustrations with standard USB connections!
There has been nerd humour on the frustrations users encounter in attempting to place USB devices in the correct position before connecting them. You have, undoubtedly, tried to connect a USB device with the wrong side up only to flip it and retry the connection. In most cases, people find that they had the USB device the right side up all along but their subconscious made them try to flip it hoping for an easier connection.
USB C promises to be the solution to this problem. It has a universal connector that has twice the throughput of USB 3.0 meaning that it provides mor4e power. Modern devices are pairing USB C and USB 3.1 as a way of eliminating the power connector. Apple has paired USB C and USB 3.1 on its MacBook and done away with USB ports. Although this has not thrilled many users, it helps solve a major source of frustration when connecting USB devices.
USB C connectors will be sold in the market with different passive adapters. These adapters will help convert USB C to USB 3.0 and guarantee continued versatility and compatibility with older devices.
Will USB C and USB 3.0 be hooked together in new machines?
USB C is compatible with previous standard types of USB. This is important as device manufacturers do not have to incorporate USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 into their devices immediately. This is especially for manufacturers of mobile devices. However, Apple is already incorporating it into the MacBook.
Will USB C and USB 3.0 be next to each other on devices?
There is a difference in performance standard between USB C and USB 3.0. This will inevitably cause confusion. The shift from the standard USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 was relatively painless that both the plugs and cables were coloured bright blue, which made it impossible for users to confuse them.
Manufacturers have elected to decouple USB 3.1 from USB C to enable them to deploy the technologies on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets without the need for including different interfaces that will increase power consumption. This is arguably a moot point as USB controllers can be shut down to prevent them from consuming power while they are inactive.
Apple is ahead of the competition in offering USB C and USB 3.1 support leaving the others to scurry to catch up. Many companies, however, are working to offer USB C with support for USB 3.0. USB 3.1 will take longer before appearing on peripheral devices even those with USB C cable adoption capability.