With USB Type-C we mean a particular type of USB port and connector of the latest generation. USB Type-C performs very similar functions (even if improved in technology) compared to its classic USB brothers but has a feature that can be very important if you always go in a hurry and if you do not get along with the cables: the USB Type-C does not have a direction of insertion, so you can safely plug the cable into its slot without the risk of breaking it because it “does not enter” – something that happened instead , and also often, to those who tried to insert classic USB cables on the contrary.
Obviously you can’t use a USB Type-C cable in a classic port and vice versa: However, there are some special adapters that will allow you to “turn” USB Type-C into classic USB, so you can – for example – recharge your phone even when you don’t have a USB type-C port available.
Until now I’ve only told you about “details”, but this type of specification was not born at random! With USB Type-C, in fact, the speed with which the data is exchanged is increased and technologies are introduced that allow to transfer, via USB, also a high quality video signal and higher amounts of electricity than its ancestors. Today, in fact, there are high definition monitors that can be connected to devices via USB type-C and there are laptops, such as new MacBooks, which use their own USB type-C to recharge the battery!
This type of USB is used more and more often on new generation phones. But do not despair: If your computer has the classic USB ports you can still connect your smartphone (but lose some speed if you need to transfer your files). As I said, just an adapter!
In November 2014, W + P was one of the world’s first providers to launch the new USB 3.1 type C connector in the market. Today, W + P expands this series around the standing version and opens up numerous new possibilities for PCB design for the latest USB 3.1 super speed plus standard.
The USB 3.1 Type C connector points with a very fast data transfer rate of 10 Gbit/s and numerous other advantages: they support both the USB power delivery standard and the USB audio/video standard. This means that the same plug-in system can transmit up to 100 watts of power as well as the transmission of video data in the Ultra HD standard. Thus, the USB 3.1 system has the potential to become a universal transmission system in the future.
And the highlight of the new Type C USB connector: It was developed not only for the performance of the new USB 3.1 super speed plus standard with a data transfer rate of 10 Gbit/s, but with the aim of being also suitable for upcoming developments of the USB standard in the next 15 years. Thus, it is equipped with 24 contacts to meet future standards.
Available is the standing version of the USB 3.1 Type C Connector series 8320 as a SMT connector with a housing height of 9, 4mm. The contact material consists of a copper alloy with gold plated surface over a nickel layer, the insulating material made of thermoplastic plastic according to UL94 V-0. A safe function is given in a temperature range of-40 °c to + 85 °c.
Increasingly, the USB 3.1 type C connector in electronic devices is installed by default. Therefore, W + p offers an extended range of high-quality cable assemblies from USB 3.1 Type C connectors to a wide variety of USB connector types.