USB 3.1 Type-C: The reversible, speedy USB cable

Victor Barreiro Jr.

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USB 3.1 Type-C: The reversible, speedy USB cable
USB 3.1 Type C cables are reversible and carry transfer speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second

MANILA, Philippines – While you might be expecting more grandiose bits of technology to astound users in the tech industry, there’s one demonstration at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that should make everyone that’s ever used a Universal Serial Bus cable – USB cable for short – on their computer or device smile: a demonstration of the capabilities of the USB 3.1 Type-C cable.

One of the big draws of the USB 3.1 Type-C is its reversible nature. The cable will work work with either side up, lessening the hassles of using a cable that everyone sees every day.

The device also packs the USB 3.1 standard, which has a top speed of 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps). This lets its transfer around 1,250 megabytes per second (MBps), twice the transfer speed of USB 3.0. By comparison, a lot of people are more likely familiar with the aging USB 2.0 standard, which runs at about 480 megabits per second (mbps) – a transfer rate of 60 MBps.

The Verge notes that specifications for USB 3.1 Type C were completed back in August, with cables entering production soon.

Meanwhile, CNET’s report adds that USB Type-C cables can carry much higher power than USB 3.0, meaning mobile devices may also see themselves being powered by the USB cable instead of a separate power adapter in the future.

There are also some companies that have gone ahead and blazed a trail with support of Type-C. Nokia’s N1 tablet will support Type-C USB ports, while MSI also said its first gaming notebooks and its first motherboard that will support USB 3.1 Type-C ports are on the way.

In the future, we may expect to see people transferring their life’s work onto an external drive in a second rather than a minute. That’ll certainly be a time-saver, and the best part is, we won’t ever have to worry about placing the future’s USB cables in wrong. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.