Universal Serial Bus Type-C (USB-C) connection is a smaller USB connector with a reversible plug. It's a 24-pin connection system that can send data as well as power.
Rather than the data transmission speed, USB type refers to the design and form factor of the port and connection.
USB Type-A: the most common and original design for the USB standard, having a flat and rectangular form.
USB Type-B: has a square form and is most typically found on printers.
USB Type C: is only 8.4mm by 2.6mm in size.
How does the USB-C cable work?
A USB-C cable functions similarly to any other USB cable for the most part. One set of wires is responsible for supplying power to a peripheral, while the other set is responsible for data transfer between the host device and the device to which data is being transferred. The number of pins inside the connections is one of the most significant hardware variations. Micro-USB 2.0, for example, has only five pins. USB-C, on the other hand, has 24-pins.
USB ports come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are three different types: USB 3.1, USB 3.2, and Thunderbolt 3.
A USB-C cable inserted into a USB 3.1 port can transfer 10 gigabytes per second by default. You can receive 20 gigabytes per second by plugging into a 3.2 port. Furthermore, Thunderbolt 3 connections allow USB-C cables to transfer 40 gigabytes per second. This is far quicker than any other USB connection. Portable gadgets, cellphones, computers, and even security cameras all use USB-C cords to deliver power. The power output of a conventional USB-C connector is 2.5 watts, which is the same as most USB-A connectors. However, many gadgets employ the Power Delivery (PD) protocol, which allows a USB-C connection to supply up to 100 watts of power.
Can you use the Type C cable in USB-A and USB-B ports?
Because USB Type C cables are substantially smaller than USB-A and USB-B cables, they will not fit into those ports. However, there are a variety of adapters available that allow you to use your USB-C device in older USB-A ports, such as using a USB-C/USB-A cable with the newer USB-C connection on one end and the older USB-A connector on the other to plug it into an older USB-A port.
If you have an older device that only has USB-A connectors but your computer only has a USB-C port, you can still use that USB 3.1 port with that device if you use an adapter with the necessary connections on both ends.
Uses of Type-C Port
Reverse insertion is possible with Type-C ports, so you may plug in either end of the cable. Type-C ports have a faster data transfer rate. A USB 3.1 Type-C connector may be used to transfer 4K movies. Reverse charging is possible with Type-C ports, which offer to charge currents ranging from 3 to 5 A. Type-C ports have a more sophisticated design and are safer to use.
- Last updated on May 11, 2022