What is a USB C Cable

USB-C (or USB Type-C) is a 24-pin USB connector system distinguished by its bi-directional rotational symmetry.

It’s a fact that not all USB-C devices are compatible with USB 3.1 or USB Power Delivery. USB-C to USB-C, or USB-C male to female, is currently required for data transmission to reach USB3.1 standard, and the cable length shouldn’t exceed 1 meter.

usb c female wiring diagram
figure 1 usb c female diagram

However, the majority of USB-C cables sold today are TYPE A to USB-C, and since TYPE A only has 9 pins, this type of cable can only support data transmission at the USB3.0 standard.

If you add a PCB to a USB-C connector, it will have much better charging capabilities than the simpler USB2. 0 TYPE A, which has only 5 PIN and can only transmit data at the USB2.0 standard.

usb c male wiring diagram
figure 2 usb c male diagram

The USB-C port, with its 24-pin double-sided connector, measures 8.4 mm (0.33 in) by 2.6 mm, making it slightly larger than the micro-B connector (0.10 in). There are two sexes of connectors: female (receptacle) and male (plug) (plug).

figure 3 type c p shine
figure 3 type c p shine

From 2014 onward, USB-C ports have become standard on many newly released motherboards, laptops, tablets, smartphones, hard drives, USB hubs, and other devices.

DisplayPort is the most widely used alternate mode, and it’s what phones and laptops with smaller DisplayPort and HDMI ports use to output video. Using a USB-C multiport adapter, the device’s native video stream can be converted to DisplayPort/HDMI/VGA and output to an external display.

The connector has eight pins total: four for power and ground, two for high-speed USB data (though these are combined on devices), four for shielded Enhanced SuperSpeed data (two transmit and two receive pairs), two for Sideband Use (SBU), and two for Configuration Channel (CC).