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April 3, 2014

USB forum shows off reversible data / charging cable


A new design for USB data/charging cable has been shown off for the first time. At last a new standard connection for data transfers between electronic devices. The new connector will be reversible, bringing an end to the everyday irritant of trying to force a USB cable in the wrong way.

The images were first published by  The Verge.
The USB Implementers Forum anticipates the new designs will be finalised in July.But don’t expect to see the rollout of new ports for some time as it will manufacturers at least a year to incorporate them into their products.

The new Type-C standard will be similar in size to the current MicroUSB connector, typically used for charging mobile phones and cameras.

The first USB cables were released in the mid-1990s and, until now, could only be plugged into a computer or other device one way round to ensure a data connection.

Other improvements to the new cable include:

  • Support for scalable power charging, allowing the cable to offer up to 100 watts
  • Data speed transfers of up to 10 gigabits per second, double what is possible at the moment
  • A promise that the new design will accommodate further upgrades

We look forward to seeing this cable coming onto the market but, as all devices using the current cable will mean an overlap of the two for some considerable time to come.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
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