The USB port has evolved into a variety of different configurations over the years. USB Type-A is the common name for the rectangular port. USB Type-B refers to the bulky, nearly square port found on many large peripherals like printers.
When you factor in the micro and mini versions of each, you’ve got half a dozen different connection types and a whole lot of room for confusion.
What is USB Type-C?
But now, thank goodness, Type-C has arrived to save the day. Port connection specifications are referred to as USB Type-C. It’s a compact alternative to the numerous micro and mini USB ports and the more common USB Type-A and Type-B connections.
In essence, only one USB connection type is needed. And the best part is that it can be inserted either way, putting an end to the frustration of having to reverse your USB cable three times before getting it right.
Over the next few years, USB Type-C will likely start replacing all other ports, whether they’re on a desktop computer, a laptop, or a smartphone.
What is USB 3.1?
As the successor to USB 3.0, USB 3.1 (also known as USB 3.1/gen 2) is the current standard. USB 3.1, easily recognized by its distinctive turquoise port, doubles the transfer speed of USB 3.0 to a blistering 10 Gbps. Additionally, USB Power Delivery 2.0 advances significantly, allowing for up to 100W of power. In addition, it is fully compatible with earlier USB standards.
Use of the Type-C connector opens up some exciting possibilities for 3.1. Since 100W of PD v2.0 is sufficient to power and charge full-sized notebooks, this universal standard may soon displace the incompatible proprietary AC port.
USB 3.1 Type-4 C’s data lanes make it ideal for transporting high-definition video over DisplayPort and HDMI connections, further increasing the port’s widespread adoption. Once again, a centralized port is the solution.
Then, what distinguishes USB 3.1 from USB Type C? Just what does this imply?
Like TYPE A, TYPE B, MICRO, and MINI, TYPE C is simply the name of a connector, and USB 3.1 is the current standard for universal serial bus.