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If you follow the news about USB, you may have heard about the announcement of the new USB 3.1 and USB Type-C. What is the difference, and how they are different from USB 3.0 and even USB 2.0? Let’s summarize.

What is a USB Type-C?

Over the years, USB ports are amended and have taken many different forms. Rectangular port with which you are most probably familiar with is called USB Type-A. The smaller and almost square k port, which is used mainly in large peripheral devices like printers, a USB Type-B. Each of them has a micro and mini versions, making a total of half a dozen types of connections, which is quite natural to create confusion.

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But now Type-C appeared only with the objective to replace all the different types of USB. Type-C is small, compact, reversible (it does not matter which side will be plug in) and generally is the port that is expected to become the single standard for all types of devices.

One thing that should be noted is that USB Type-C and USB 3.1 are not the same thing, just as not all work Type-C 3.1 specification. This confusion begin because of the joint declaration of both updates, but Type-C can be even with USB 2.0 specifications.

What is USB 3.1?

USB 3.1 is the successor of USB 3.0, which is identified by its bright turquoise color of the port. USB 3.1 doubles the transfer rate of its predecessor to a whopping 10Gbps. Like previous versions of USB, it is fully backward compatible with its predecessors. The photo below shows the USB Type-C and USB Type-A 3.1.

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3.1 when used with Type-C, things get really interesting. The power of 100W is sufficient for charging laptops, which could mean that the days of normal AC ports may already be numbered. With its four date strips, USB 3.1 Type-C can also be transmitted DisplayPort and HDMI video signals, giving it the potential to become a universal port to replace all others.

What does it mean?

Although USB Type-C defined is already close to its full integration and replacement of the other ports. This change will take time, given that almost all devices work with USB Type-A.

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