Whatis USB C plug

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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 knownfromotherpluginconnections, 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).

Alternate modes

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.

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