With the continued development of computer technology, there is also a constant need for adapting USB technology as well.
Thus, very many manufacturers are aiming towards creating lighter and thinner devices, which as a result has a need for innovation when it comes to USB technology.
With the relatively recent advancement in technology, a new type of USB has been introduced – USB Type-C or simply known as USB-C. However, many people, tech savvy or otherwise, wonder what the difference between the new type of USB and USB 3.0 is.
Before explaining the differences between these two types of USB, it is crucial to emphasize the importance of USB in the first place.
USB is simply the standard when we are talking about connectivity because smartphones, desktop computers, laptops, cameras, printers and USB memory sticks use USB.
Throughout the years, a lot of improvements have been made in USB technology starting with USB 1.1 and the USB 2.0, which was followed by USB 3.0 and now the latest one USB 3.1. All of these types of USB use the same physical ports – USB Type-A plug that goes to computers and a micro-B or mini-B that goes to smartphones, cameras, etc.
Therefore, it is important to say that standards related to USB connections have changed over the years with a strong focus on how fast data is transferred from one device to another. Was that the case with USB-C as well?
General Information on USB 3.0
All previously mentioned USB ports are compatible, which means that you are able to plug in your device to any of the USB ports on your PC, for example, and everything would be working just fine.
In order to realize how much USB technology has improved over the years, it is enough to just look at the speed of transferring data. USB 1.1, which was launched roughly twenty years ago, was able to transfer data at 12 Mbit/s and USB 3.0, launched in 2008, is able to transfer data at 5 Gbit/s.
As already mentioned, USB technology has worked on data transfer speed hence the new standard has been introduced named USB 3.1. Unlike USB 3.0, USB 3.1, published in July 2013, can transfer data at 10 Gbit/s which is an amazing improvement, especially because it is not all just about data transfer anymore. Nowadays, with USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports even videos can be delivered, meaning that in the future PCs and laptops won’t need VGA cables or even HDMI ones. Nonetheless, this is not expected to happen in the near future.
So far, we have mentioned that most of the focus on improvement of USB technology revolved around the data transfer speed. With USB Type-C, that is not the case.
It is very important to understand that this new USB type is not a standard but that is actually different than previous ones in terms of physical looks. USB Type-C is just a different type of connector.
If it helps to understand this better, think about USB Micro or USB Mini, which are only different USB connectors.
This new type of USB was published in 2014. Yet only in the last year have some devices that contain this type of connection been manufactured and Apple released a 12-inch Macbook where Type-C was used even to provide power to the device and not only for data transfer.
USB Type-C has already become a part of many of the newest flagship smartphones, such as OnePlus, Microsoft Lumia 950, Nexus 6P, Galaxy Note 7 and many others.
One of the greatest advantages of using USB Type-C is that it is much thinner and pretty flat compared to the previous connectors such as Type-A, Type-B or Micro and Mini USB.
And since the manufactures of laptops and smartphones are aiming at creating thinner devices they welcomed the invention of this connector positively.
In fact, it seems that the invention of the Type-C connector will mean the end of headphone jacks since they stand in the way of making phones thinner. However, this is not the only reason. With Type-C being a digital connection, it means that the quality of sound will be on a much higher level.
What Does the Future Hold for Other USB Connectors?
When it comes to the Type-C design, the main idea with this type of connection is that the cable is the same at both ends, which means that the final aim is to completely replace all other types of USB connectors.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that older devices won’t be able to connect because the standards are still the same and there are adapters on the market which can help you connect your devices.
Take a look at QacQoc’s offer of the USB-C hub named GN30H. This product represents intelligent power delivery for USB-C devices and what is even more important – it is capable of transferring data and charging devices at the same time.
This product can be used to connect all of your USB devices to one USB-C port in an easy, portable style. In addition to that, when they say “one hub for all,” they really mean that this hub has everything you might need: 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI output, 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 1 TF card slot and 1 SD card slot.
As you can see, this device is useful and multifunctional, and having it will certainly help you during the transition from standard connectors to Type-C.
Are USB Type-C and USB 3.0 the Same Thing?
The answer to this question is quite simple. Even though many people think that these two names are synonyms, they are not the same thing.
Whereas the USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 are now USB standards when it comes to speed and other features, USB-C is related to connector shape.
While others will point at “one port”, “one cable” as some of the similar qualities of USB Type-C and USB 3.0, these two devices are not the same thing.
All in all, it is important to welcome this USB technology improvement as Type-C is much faster and it allows playback of any digital content. USB Type-C is a universal connector with more pins compared to USB 3.0 and unique performance capabilities.