The Next Generation of Universal Serial Bus Protocol: USB Type C

The Next Generation of Universal Serial Bus Protocol: USB Type C

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It seems that the USB type C is really starting to become very popular in the tech industry and that is actually pretty interesting when you consider that this particular technology is really not all that new.  Perhaps it was just ahead of its time, but USB-C (as it is also called) is only a few years old; of course, the whole of the USB protocol is also only about 20 years old (give or take a couple years).


Indeed, the first USB (USB 1.0, of course) first came into use during the mid-1990s.  At the time it was simply the result of an effort to standardize data transfer/storage options. It took about ten years for USB 2.0 protocol to develop, just at a time when more devices were coming to market and the need for not only data storage but also fast and convenient battery charging was growing too.

Yes, it took ten years to develop the second generation of USB technology, but our needs—for data storage and data transfer and device charging—was still quite meager at the time. Obviously these needs grew immensely since the early days and USB 3.0 emerged in only the last few years.  These ports are about one third the size of the original USB 1.0 protocol ports, but work much more efficiently.


The most recent development in USB technology, though, is the USB type C adapter.  Actually, this is also not that new, but you might only be aware of it if you are a fan of Apple products. That is because USB type C is the standard protocol for Apple iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices.  You might recall that the first USB ports were shaped like an isosceles trapezoid (and the 3.0 protocol is also this shape, though significantly smaller), meaning that they could only interact one way.

USB type C, however, features a reversible 24-pin port. This means you can insert a charging cable however you want—there is no front and back.  This makes them more convenient in so many ways, much easier to use.  And since they are also pretty powerful, it might seem like they should become the industry standard.

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