Double the data transfer speed and power delivery of USB 3.0, there’s lots more to discover about the new USB 3.1.
Technology is always moving and hot news at the moment is the imminent launch of USB 3.1, which promises to offer so much more in terms of data transfer speed – in ways that are much more power efficient. At Targus we’re always ready for new technology, harnessing advances to deliver leading-edge solutions for you, when you need them.
We’ve all been able to enjoy the ability to charge devices using USB cables for some time now. However, the new Type-C cable can provide up to 100 watts of power – meaning it can charge everything from mobile phones and tablets to hubs and displays, but at a much faster and more power-efficient level than previous USBs.
This power is also negotiable, in other words it can be moved both ways, so there will be no need to switch cables. Instead voltage, current and direction will be decided between the devices that are plugged in, one will provide power and one will consume it.
Not only can it power everything, but the USB-IF have said that the cable is capable of scalable power charging, which should mean that updates of power capabilities, possibly up to 20 Gbps will not affect the cable, making it future-proof.
It seems that USB 3.1 will more than likely replace current USB ports and cables. The phase out will take some time, but we are likely to see products using USB 3.1 to be here by the end of this year. It’s an exciting time for universal USB technology.
Targus’s Universal Docking Stations are powerful performance hubs, compatible across a wide range of devices including Windows PCs, Windows tablets including Pro3, plus MacBooks and ultrabooks. This means that you can connect nearly any device to the docking station to then be able to harness the USB connectivity. USB 3.0 was 10x faster than its predecessors, but USB 3.1 now promises so much more, which means we can offer you so much more too.
Our solutions work in ways to allow greater flexibility in the workspace, supporting the use of smart phones, laptops, tablets, Macs and PCs, and enabling employees to choose or use their own tech to improve productivity. Bus bandwidth is essential in helping to increase the speed at which we can work, where we can work from and the devices we use, hence the development of the USB 3.1.
With a specification that adds a 10 Gbps speed mode that uses more efficient data encoding, the Superspeed 3.1 will deliver more than twice the data transfer performance of current USB 3.0. It does this over an enhanced cable that maintains backwards capability with USB 3.0 software and existing 5 Gbps hubs and devices and USB 2.0 products.
This speed may still be behind the amount that its main competitor Thunderbolt can offer, but with its ease of use and a design that can allow performance to be increased in the future, when speeds may go beyond 20Gbps, USB 3.1 looks set to change technological developments.
The Type C 3.1 cable
As well as the increased speed of data transfer the USB 3.1 sees the introduction of a new cable and connector. Known as the Type-C 3.1 it has been brought in to create a standardisation of port and cable types across devices. Its design will allow it to replace not only the full-sized USB cable, but the micro-USB cables too and reversibility means that you can plug it in right side up or upside down. So when you’re trying to plug in your laptop on a train, or in limited space, you don’t have to scrabble around trying to make sure your plug is up the right way.
This is made possible thanks to the new cables having a single CC wire inside, but the connector having 2 CC pins, allowing the wire to make a connection which ever way you put it in.
The cable is considerably smaller, slimmer and lighter too, looking more like a micro-USB cable, which means there’s less of it to cart around and it won’t be oversized for a smartphone or tablet, and this may also lead to a reduction in the size of devices in the future.