The USB-C connector and its cables are designed to eliminate the proliferation of USB connectors and cables. Not only a-and B-plugs but also the many mini-and micro-connectors, as well as different variants for USB 2.0 and 3.0.
The C-connectorismadefor USB 2.0, 3.0 and also 3.1. The cablescanbeapplied at 5 V to 5 a. Withspecialcablesfor USB power delivery (USB-PD) a total power ofupto 100 W ispermissible at a highervoltage.
Toensurethatthe C-connectorissuitableformobiledevices, ithas a dimensionof 8.25 x 2.4 mm. The socket is 8.34 x 2.56 mm in size. This isroughlyequivalentto a USB 2.0 microportusedwithsmartphones. Toensurethatthecorrectorientationisnolonger a pain, the C-connector also fits in thereversepositionoftheplug.
A briefoverviewwiththemostimportantfeaturesofthe USB-C-connector:
The C-Plug isdesigned so thatitdoes not matter howitisinsertedintothe socket. Youcan’tputthe C-plug in thewrongway.
The C-connectorisused on bothsidesof a cable. This is also knownfromotherplug–inconnections, such as HDMI, Display Port and RJ45.
The C-connectoris not compatiblewith all other USB connectors. However, thereareadaptersthatarecompatibleto USB 2.0 backwards.
The C-connectorisroughlythesizeof a micro USB connector (USB 2.0) and istherefore also suitableformobiledevices.
The C-connectorisdesignedfor 100 wattsof power. The cablesshouldbesuitableforloadingnotebookswith power delivery (USB-PD).
The useoftheUSB Yype-Cconnectoris not limited to USB datatransfersonly. In future, the USB-C-connector will beusedas a plug-inconnection. Forexample, the Display Port or Thunderbolt 3.