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August 14, 2014

Reversible USB cable design finished – Rollout will take time

Reversable_USBAt long last we now know that the design for the new reversible USB interface – the standardised connection for data transfers between electronic devices – has been finished.

Similar to Apple’s lighting cable, it means users will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device.

The new USB Type-C is small enough for mobiles but “robust enough for laptops and tablets”, its designers said.
But the new USB cables will not connect into the current ports that are found on millions of devices.

Specifications are now finalised but the rollout will take time as matching ports are included in new devices.
The group developing the next generation of USB cable and connector consists of Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. The agreed exact specifications have been passed back to the non-profit USB Implementers Forum.

Brad Saunders, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group’s chairman said:

“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, co-operative effort among industry leaders to standardise the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini