USB-C RESOURCE CENTRE
The USB Revolution
Technology is continually evolving. This is bringing us faster, more useful and user friendly tools into our lives. USB C (also known as USB Type-C) is the next evolution of cable connectivity for your notebooks, phones, tablets and other portable technology devices. Here you can learn more about the latest in cable connectivity.
What is USB-C ?
USB-C was developed by the USB Implementers’ Forum (USB-IF). The industry body that seeks to improve the use of USB. The body includes some of the industry’s biggest players including Apple, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung and others. With backing from such industry greats it is without doubt that USB-C will become the standard cable connection. As such our devices will benefit from the great features that USB-C has to offer. USB-C is not only a change in shape from the standard USB-A and B shapes, it offers faster transfer speeds, a thinner and reversible profile and power through support to name a few.
What does a USB-C Cable Look like?
USB-C cable connections are smaller than the current standard USB-A head and slightly larger than the USB-A Micro head. The USB-C Head will replace both of these heads in the near future.
What can the USB-C cable be used for?
USB-C is being adopted by a large list of technology providers. Most notably the Apple Macbook. But also tablet and laptop computers. From a long list of manufacturers such as Asus, Acer, Dell, Lenovo and others. As well as mobile phone manufacturers. Don’t worry while considering purchasing a USB-C compatible device, you can still use all your old USB-A cables. You will need however an adapter. Laser offers a range of adapters for all your USB needs. Connect your USB-A cable up to your new USB-C compatible device with one of these adapters.
USB 3.1 and USB-C
USB-C is not the same as USB 3.1. They were developed at the same time however they relate to different aspects of USB. USB 3.1 refers to the generation of USB. USB 3.1 is the current and fastest generation of USB. USB-C specifically refers to the shape of the connecter.
USB 3.1 Superspeed
The SuperSpeed+ USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2) specification adds up to 10Gbps speed and uses a more efficient data encoding delivering more than twice the effective data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB. It is fully backward compatible with older USB connectors and cables. Generation 1 offers 5Gbps. Products carrying these logos are certified Superspeed products.
Power pass though
USB-C has the ability to pass up to 100 Watts of power through the cable. As many new USB-C portable devices only have one port. This means that your USB-C port will be used not only to transfer files but also to charge your device. At the same time, it can be used to transfer power from your device to charge a peripheral device such as a printer.
USB-C offers USB Generation 3.1 file speed transfers which are twice as fast as USB 3.0 and three times as fast as USB 2.0. USB 3.1 Gen 2 is 10GB/s file transfer speed. This means you can transfer a whole movie or album in less than 30 seconds.
In addition to fast file transfer speeds the connection will also allow up to 20 volts, 3amps of power and up to 100Watts. This means faster charge times for your devices with enough power to charge a notebook as well as a monitor, printer or other peripherals.
THE FUTURE OF USB
With a solid foundation and backing from the industry’s biggest players, the USB-C is not just a new development but the new standard that is here to stay.
4K RESOLUTION SUPPORT
USB-C allows for the transfer of 4K video files. 4K is one of the highest video resolutions available to consumers at the moment. You can connect your USB-C notebook up to your monitor to view 4K content. USB-C also supports audio/video output, including HDMI®, VGA, and DisplayPort™ displays. With USB-C, just one cable or power source could potentially power all your USB-C devices.
USB-C cables will work in all other USB-C devices no matter which brand of device you use. The USB-C will work with all operating systems including Windows, Mac, Android, Linux or others.
USB-C is reversible. This means it works seamlessly no matter which way you insert it into your device.
A more compact connection means that manufacturers can create thinner and more streamlined devices.
Not all cables are the same
The new standard in USB connectivity is a cable that transfers not only data but also power. Because of this, customers much take into account the safety features of the product and consider protection from possible fire or electrocution. The average consumer spends a considerable amount of money on portable electronic devices and use these devices to store sensitive information. Buying the right cable from the right supplier is important to ensure your safety and that of your devices.
Laser sources high-quality cables from USB certified factories to ensure your safety and the protection of your devices. Cables are tested for physical strength, wear and tear and power delivery output. Laser cables exceed quality and compliance standards.
All cable connectors are built with high-density Polycarbonate or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) connector housing for strength and durability. The cables themselves are shielded by a protective Thermoplastic Elastomer jacket. Inside the cables are built with high density, high conductive oxygen free copper alloy 24-28 AWG thick cable. For maximum file transfer and power delivery and maximum Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) shielding.
What is USB C Power delivery (PD)?
PD Power delivery is the transfer of power across a USB cable to charge a device. You can charge your phone, power bank, camera, Bluetooth speaker, portable headphones and more. Some devices require much more power such as your Laptop or monitor. To charge high power devices look for a mention of PD power delivery but also consider the watts that are delivered. The higher the watts the more power is delivered to your device.
For example some laptops require only 30 watts to charge them. Models such as the Macbook. However the Macbook pro 15" will require 90 watts or higher to charge it. While some lower wattage chargers will charge your laptop they might not if the laptop battery is at 0%. Or they might charge but not increase the % on the battery. To successfully charge most USB-C laptops you will require a 40 watts or higher PD power bank.
What is Qualcomm Quick Charge?
Qualcomm Quick charge is similar in functionality to Power Delivery and can be found in type c or standard USB A, however Quick Charge is not locked into the 4 voltage types of Power Delivery ie 5V, 9V, 12V and 20V. Quick Charge voltage can range between 3.6 V to 20 V and everything in between - in 200 mV increments. Together with added intelligence, Quick Charge can better detect the optimal charging voltage and current requirements of a connected device. Such sophisticated design however is mostly found in high-end smartphones and tablet devices, as opposed to such devices as Digital Cameras, Portable Hard Drives, Notebooks, Printers and TV’s. To charge your phone with Quick charge you eill need to have a quick charge supported device. Many new Samsung and other Android phones support quick charging. Check with your manufacturer.