USB cable users will no longer need to worry which side they are plugging the cables thanks to the new make of cables with reversible USB interface.

According to the designers of the cable, the new USB Type-C is small enough for mobiles but “robust enough for laptops and tablets. The cables will however not connect into the current ports that are found on millions of devices.
“Specifications (of the new cable) are now finalised but the rollout will take time as matching ports are included in new devices,” reports BBC on their website adding that, “The agreed exact specifications have been passed back to the non-profit USB Implementers Forum.”

The group developing this next generation of USB cable and connector consists of Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. The industry leaders have been working together to come up with a universal cable and settling on the new Type-C standard marks a new start for them.

The Type-C cable will be similar in size to the current MicroUSB connector, typically used for charging mobile phones and cameras. It will also allow transfer of data of up to 10 gigabits per second; double what is possible at the moment.

FYI-The first USB cables were released in the mid-1990s and, until now, could only be plugged in one way to ensure data connection.

Extracts from BBC News




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