Understanding
USB Type-C
& Other New USB Technologies
USB Type-C™ and USB-C™ are trademarks of USB Implementers Forum

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Learn about the three new USB technologies being introduced
    • SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
    • USB Power Delivery (USB PD)
    • USB Type-C Cables and Connectors
  • Understand how they affect new devices
  • Attain enough knowledge to convey the benefits of these new USB technologies to customers

The New USB Technologies

New USB technologies provide a single source for delivering audio/video, data and power simultaneously for every conceivable platform and device.

The key advantages for your customers are:



Performance
SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen 2)

Speed for all your data transfer needs - delivers up to 10Gbps of data.

Power
USB Power Delivery
(USB PD)

More power for faster charging delivering up to 100W of power to all of your devices, including desktops and workstations.

Convenience
USB Type-C Cables and Connectors
Reversible plug orientation and cable direction for a faster convenient connection to all of your devices.

SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (3.1 Gen 2)


USB Power Delivery (USB PD)

USB has evolved from a data interface into the primary provider of power for most devices as well. Because the new generation of USB accomplishes audio/video, data and power delivery, it is truly a single source for performance, power and convenience.

For USB Type-C based ports,USB PD enables a manufacturer to deliver power up to 100 watts. This increase means faster charging of your customer’s devices, and the ability to power things larger than a phone or camera, such as a printer, a tablet, laptop, workstation or even a monitor.

USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB BC 1.2
USB Type-C
Extend ease of use, reduce clutter, reduce even more waste
USB Power Delivery

USB Power Delivery (USB PD)

Consumer Benefits

Customers upgrading their computer will be excited to learn about USB Power Delivery (USB PD). Key selling features of this product are faster charging and support for larger devices.

Make sure your customers understand, however, that USB PD only works when two USB PD devices are directly connected using a USB PD enabled cable.

Note: Standard USB power/charging is always present by default.

USB Type-C Cables and Connectors

Current USB Standard-A connectors are too large for new smaller form factor devices that are becoming thinner all the time. Plus, current USB connectors cause confusion over plug orientation and cable direction.

The new USB Type-C cables and connectors address these issues. USB Type-C cables/connectors are slim enough for phones and robust enough for laptops and tablets. Plus, the plug orientation as well as the cable direction is reversible - no more fussing over whether it’s upside down or not, or which end you plug in.

USB Type-C
USB Type-C
USB Standard-A
USB Micro-B

USB Type-C Alternate Modes

Permits a vendor or standards organization to utilize the
USB Type-C cable/connector to provide additional features.

The standardized alternate mode specifications available
today are:


  • DisplayPort 1.3 Alternate Mode (developed by VESA)
  • HDMI Alternate Mode (developed by HDMI Licensing, LLC)
  • MHL Alternate Mode (developed by MHL, LLC)

This means that a separate, dedicated port/cable/connector for devices supporting these technologies is no longer needed if the specific Alternate Mode is enabled on both devices.
The USB Type-C port takes care of the transfer.

A joint-port identification guideline has been established to ensure consumers can easily recognize what capabilities a USB Type-C host or device supports.

USB Type-C Cables and Connectors

Market Adoption and Potential for Market Confusion

Many cable options will enter the market supporting different performance and power protocols.

  • USB Type-C Cables and Connectors

    • Some will have USB 2.0 only performance; some USB 3.1 performance
  • USB Type-C Adapter Cables

    • USB Type-C to USB Std-A

    • USB Type-C to USB Std-B

    • USB Type-C to Micro-B

    • USB Type-C to HDMI

    • USB Type-C to Display Port, MiniDP

Note: USB Type-C adapters are available while the transition is being made to USB Type-C connectors on both ends.

USB Type-C Cables and Connectors

Changes and the Consumer

Customers who are upgrading to a new device may not recognize this new cable or plug. This is an opportunity for you to explain the new USB technologies and how they can get the most out of them. It is important to make sure your customers know that they will need an adapter if they are connecting a new USB-Type C cable/connector to an older USB port.

Working in Harmony

To get the most out of the new USB technologies, all three products must offer the new feature – the host (e.g. the computer), the cable, and the device (e.g., external hard drive).

When working with customers, advise them that:


  • New products are hitting the market every month with these new USB technologies
  • There are adapters available to support the transition from standard USB cables/connectors to the new Type-C cables/connectors
  • They can future proof their purchase by understanding and supporting these new USB technologies

What Do the Logos Mean?

Look for the certified logos to identify new USB technologies. These logos mean that a product has met the highest standard in the industry and was tested to be compliant to the USB specification(s) and for interoperability as certified by the USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum).

Encourage your customers to look for these logos. They will be satisfied they are getting the latest technology. The designs for the various USB Speeds include a certified logo, a trident, and a Power Deliver trident.

USB Performance Only USB Performance + USB Power Delivery
Original USB
Hi-Speed (480Mbps) USB and Original USB logos, trident and Power Delivery trident
SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen 1) logo, trident and Power Delivery trident
SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen 2) logo, trident and Power Delivery trident
Note: Tridents and Power Delivery Tridents are for use only on device Ports and/or on a cable/connector over molding, they are not intended as standalone logos. Also, look for joint-port identification for alternate mode support.

New Certified USB Charger Logo

USB-IF Announces a New Certified USB Charger Logo
and Compliance Program

Based upon the USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery Specifications

Certified USB Chargers will:


  • Resemble a traditional power brick or wall wart
  • Enable faster charging
  • Be interoperable with compliant USB Type-C devices
  • Display a new logo identifying the power capability in watts
    • USB-IF anticipates 15W, 27W, 45W and 60W to be the most common wattage levels of chargers on the market
    • Any optional wattage levels can be supported with the Logo
    • 100W is also supported but this will be a niche at the high end
  • Be available in retail stores in early 2017

The New Certified USB Charger

The new Certified USB Charger logo represents compliant USB products that have passed certification. It also displays and identifies the charger in watts.

Interoperable with compliant USB Type-C devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones, docking stations, displays, etc
Faster Charging

USB Charger Key Benefits

Here are a few key benefits of a certified USB charger

Supports the future electronics market
The certified USB charger logo & compliance program from USB-IF supports the evolving device and computing markets as more products adopt USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery. IHS predicts more than two billions devices will utilize USB
Type-C by 2019.
Frees consumers & spares landfills
Certified USB chargers will free consumers from the obligation to purchase multiple chargers for their devices. Environmentally, reusing and reducing the total number of chargers needed helps minimize electronic waste in landfills.

Rave Reviews

USB Creates Award-Winning Technology

Yahoo chose USB Type-C as its best technology pick of 2015. They called it a technology that will save time, money, and frustration — and a technology that will affect everybody on earth who uses a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.

USB Type-C won a Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award in 2015.

European Hardware Community gave USB 3.1 and USB Type-C “Best New Technology” award for 2015/2016.

IGN, a game and entertainment media company, selected USB Type-C as one of its top picks for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas.

The Cable of the Future

The new generation of USB is the ideal single-cable solution for delivering audio/video, data and power simultaneously for every conceivable platform and device, offering these significant benefits.

PEFORMANCE
Delivers up to 10Gbps supporting all your data needs
CONVENIENCE
Robust, slim connector with reversible plug orientation and cable direction
POWER
Delivers up to 100W. Powers all your devices, including desktops and workstations
USB Power Delivery
Superspeed USB 10 Gbps
USB Type-C Cables & Connectors