What is USB Type-C or USB-C?

We see a lot of the computer or mobile devices manufacturers slowly converting their connectivity to USB Type C in their future consumer electronic products. USB-C is the new hot, industry standard connector and cable used to power the Apple MacBook lineup.

What is USB Type C anyways?

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard developed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), which defines standard interfaces between computers and peripherals. USB-IF is the group of companies that has developed, certified, and shepherded the USB standard. It counts over 700 companies in its membership, including Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Samsung.

USB is implemented in several forms today:
  • USB 2.0 (also known as High Speed USB) achieves 480 Mb/s data rate while retaining backwards compatibility to USB 1.1 devices.
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) achieves 5 Gb/s data rate and implements a dual-bus architecture. One bus is a USB 2.0 bus and the other is a SuperSpeed bus.
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (also known as SuperSpeedPlus USB) achieves 10 Gb/s data rate.
  • USB-C cable and connector enables smaller product designs, enhances usability by providing reversible plug orientation and direction, and establishes a power delivery and charging infrastructure. Multiple serial standards including USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort and MHL, have announced support for the Type-C connector.

USB Type-C connections bring you high-speed data rates, support multiple protocols and much more power delivery than USB 3.0.

See how the USB Type-C benefits will expand your electronics connectivity:


There is no need to flip your USB connectors multiple times to get it to plug correctly.


A single cable can carry USB data as well as Thunderbolt, Display-Port, MHL and HDMI data.


Your device can send or receive power.


It can be use on laptops, phones and tablets.

Legacy Compatibility

It also works with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, BC 1.2 and 5V YBus.

No other connector compares to USB Type C:
  • 22X More power delivery than USB 3.0. It offers scalable charging up to 100 Watts of power. It can charge laptops just like smartphones via the USB port.
  • 4X faster than USB 3.0. It can transfer data up to 20 Gbps.

USB Type C is the future of connection technology. It won’t be exclusive to any one company. Expect to see a lot more devices integrating USB Type C.


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