SilverStone Releases ECU03 USB 3.1 Expansion Card

USB 3.1 is the newest generation and it brings quite a few improvements over the previous generation, such as the double bandwidth capabilities. The trouble with new generations of connectors is that you’ll also need to upgrade your system to use them, at least if you got an older one. Luckily you don’t need to upgrade your entire system, you can just use an expansion card. SilverStone just released the ECU03 which is such a card and it will give your system both a USB 3.1 Type A and a USB 3.1 Type C connector.

The SilverStone ECU03 offers 10 Gbps bandwidth for excellent throughput and transfer rates, especially when multiple external drives are attached simultaneously and otherwise would create bottlenecks. The ECU03 fully supports the eXtensible Host Controller Interface (XHCI) that makes it driverless for an easy installation. The expansion card also supports the USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) that increases the overall throughput by handling multiple requests at the same time.

USB is by definition highly compatible and the card is naturally backward compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 devices. Motherboard support is secured through the use of a PCI-Express Gen2 x2 interface that most stationary PCs will have available for use. Even small form factor (SFF) systems are supported as the card is designed to be low-profile. SilverStone also includes a low-profile expansion slot bracket with the card right out of the box.

Special Features

  • Includes SuperSpeed USB 3.1 external USB Type-C connector
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.1 with Type A and Type C ports
  • PCI-E Gen2.0 x2, throughput up to 10Gbps
  • Compliant with eXtensible Host Controller Interface (XHCI) specification Revision 1.1
  • Compliant with USB Attached SCSI Protocol Revision 1.0 (UASP)
  • Includes optional low-profile slot cover for supporting low profile cases

Amazon Bans Bad USB Type-C Cables

Everyone knows about USB cables. Used for everything from transferring important information from one device to another to charging your devices, they are seen everywhere and the USB Type-C Cables are no exception. Some people were put off when a google engineer fried his Chromebook using a bad cable from Amazon, a move which has now made Amazon ban bad USB Type-C Cables from its site.

USB Type-C (also known as USB-C) is loved for many reasons, from their lack of orientation, no more finding if you’ve put the cable in the wrong way round on the third or fourth time, to the fact that both ends are identical, meaning that there is no right and wrong end, there is only the right ends!

USB-C are also twice as fast as USB 3.0, a standard that barely took off before people noticed USB-C’s popularity. With speeds of up to 10Gbps and the ability to output up to 20V(100W), the USB-C is quickly gaining favor to replace the variety of USB connections that came before it. Sadly with the recent interest in the connector, some people have taken to selling some not so great copies. Listed under their prohibited electronic listings, Amazon now ban any USB-C cable that can be described as:

Any USB-C (or USB Type-C) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by “USB Implementers Forum Inc.”

With the ability to report and have bad cables removed from the site, hopefully, fewer people will have to lose their precious devices to cut price and bad quality products.

SilverStone TS11-C USB 3.1 Docking Station Review

Introduction


We have tested quite a few of SilverStone’s storage solutions in the past and while the new TS11-C external hard drive docking station might look like previous models, it is special as it comes with the newest technologies. In the past, we have been limited by the USB 3.0 protocol and its maximum 5Gbps transfer speeds even though we connect a 6Gbps capable drive to the docking station. SilverStone’s new TS11-C should make up for this as it uses the USB 3.1 connector for a transfer speed of up to 10Gbps.

SilverStone’s TS11-C is an external hard drive docking station that is made to accommodate either a 2.5-inch or a 3.5-inch drive at speeds up to 10Gb/s with its USB 3.1 Gen2 capability and it also features the new Type-C connector. Since USB is plug and play, as long as you have your USB drivers installed, which also means that this docking station is plug and play. You don’t need any additional drivers to get going, just plug it in, add a drive and turn it on. It is almost a given with a docking station like this, but it’s still worth highlighting that the TS11-C supports USB Attached SCSI protocol (UASP) which allows much better transfer rates in systems that support this compared to those who don’t.

The body itself is gold coloured and made of aluminium. This aids the passive unit itself to stay cool, but it also helps the inserted drive to dispose of its heat. This isn’t as much an issue when used with solid state drives, but mechanical drives need quite a bit of cooling. The cover itself is made of plastic to prevent your drives from being scratched. The top slot cover is a two-piece item that automatically folds back as you insert a drive. The small gap for 2.5-inch drives also helps with the positioning on top of the connector.

The docking station is built around an ASMedia ASM1351 chipset that provides this unit with its USB 3.1 Gen2 capability with speeds up to 10Gbps through the Type-C connector. The included USB cable uses a normal type USB connector which also makes it easy backward compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1. The internal SATA3 interface is also backward compatible with SATA2 and SATA1 drives, as it should be.

With an external device like this that is highly portable, you might want to take it on the road with you too in order to connect extra storage to your mobile devices such as laptops and modern smartphones. SilverStone thought of this too and added a power adapter with exchangeable plugs to be used in pretty much every place on earth no matter what plug type or voltage available.

Feature Highlights

  • USB 3.1 type-C connector with Gen2 up to 10Gb/s super speed transfer rate
  • Supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) function for even faster performance
  • Aluminum body with tool-free and tray-less design
  • Supports all 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA drives up to any capacity
  • Plug & play with support for hot-swapping
  • Multinational adapter socket included

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers information and might as such be subject to changes in possible future revisions of the product.

Package and Accessories

The box uses the same gold colour as the device and is overall a great looking product packaging. The front shows how the docking station looks and tells you what it is.

The rear of the box contains the specifications and a few more details about the docking station and what drives it can take.

Inside the box, we find a USB 3.1 Type-C to Type-A connector, a user manual, and the multi-regional power adapter next to the docking station itself.

Sharkoon Releases USB 3.1 Docking Station and Add-In Card

There can be many reasons why you would want to add some external storage to your system and there are about as many different possibilities as there are reasons. One of the easiest ways to connect storage to your system is via a USB docking stations. Whether you have a notebook or stationary system, this allows you to connect any normal internal drive to your system externally.

Sharkoon just released a new docking station that can do this with ease and it is one that also sports the newest type of USB connection: USB 3.1 Type-C. The new docking station is literarily called what it is as it is called Sharkoon QuickPort USB 3.1 Type C. While the docking station itself features the tiny and reversible Type-C connector, it connect to any normal sized Type-A USB port on your system by the included cable.

Whether you want to use 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives in this docking station, it’s covered and it will work just as well as you can connect the docking station or older USB ports such as normal 3.0 or 2.0. Both SATA and USB are backward compatible which allows you to connect this modern enclosure no matter what hardware you have – but you naturally won’t get the impressive 10Gbps speeds possible from the USB 3.1 or the 6Gbps from the SATA3 when you connect slower drives or use an older connection standard. But it is great to have the option.

Should you not have a system with USB 3.1 yet, then Sharkoon fittingly also introduced a new add-in card to give you just this. The new host controller features both a Type-A and a Type-C USB 3.1 connector on the rear and plugs into your normal PCI-Express x4 or bigger slots.

Both new Sharkoon items are built around ASMedia’s controllers and that is a company with a lot of experience in the field. The docking station is powered by an ASMedia ASM1351 bridge controller while the add-in card is powered by an ASMedia ASM1142 USB host controller.

Both new Sharkoon USB 3.1 devices are available now. The docking station has a suggested retail price of €39.99 while the host card is a little cheaper with a suggested retail price of €29.99.

MSI Announces Cubi 2 Plus Mini-PC

MSI announced a new addition to their lineup of mini-PCs with the release of the new MSI Cubi 2 Plus. The new Cubi 2 Plus is built on the same principle as other mini-PCs where modern technology meets a space-saving design. This is also a system that will speak equally to normal consumers like you and me as well as businesses that want the benefits from a powerful system without the size restraints.

This new generation Cubi comes with the new mini-STX motherboard form factor that is about 29% smaller than a mini-ITX motherboard and making it the smallest motherboard with a socket design available. This is a new thing for miniPCs and it will allow you to easily upgrade the CPU should it be needed. You are still limited to the Skylake-S processors, but that in return makes the Cubi 2 Plus a very energy-efficient device that and uses less power.

The Intel H110 chipset used will allow you to install up to 32GB DDR4 memory to run at speeds up to 2133MHz. Internally you can attach one M.2 SSD and one 2.5-inch SATA drive which should be plenty local storage. Externally the Cubi 2 Plus offers both USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1, and USB 2.0 with super charger function. It has normal Gigabit Ethernet LAN powered by an Intel i219LM controller and dual-band wireless support via an M.2 adapter.

Overall, this is a system that seems to have it all and the only weak point, if you could call it that, is the use of Intel HD graphics. You still get support for dual-monitor setup through the HDMI and DisplayPort connectors.

The new MSI Cubi 2 Plus is scheduled to be globally available by the beginning of March 2016. Next to the normal Cubi 2 Plus there also will be a vPro edition with support for Intel’s® vPro technology. With all the security benefits it now also features Intel Unite. Intel Unite lets you easily set up meetings with colleagues that are all around the world and supports sharing up to 4 screens at the same time.

Feature Highlights

  • Windows 10 Home
  • DDR4 2133HMz up to 32GB
  • 6th Intel® Skylake-S power saving processor
  • Equipped with USB3.1 Gen1 type C
  • Maximum to 1 x M.2 SSD and 1 x 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD
  • Supports 4K ultra-high definition resolution
  • Supports Dual monitors
  • Special USB2.0 port on the top of the case with supercharger
  • Supports Microsoft DirectX 12
  • Support 802.11ac Combo Card
  • Support standard VESA-mount

SilverStone Releases USB 3.1 Type-C LAN and HDMI Adapters

One of the downsides with compact mobile devices such as two-in-one, ultrabooks, and tablets is the lack of connection ability. They all have a USB connection, but beyond that, it is very limited. Luckily you can do a lot with adapters and SilverStone just released two new USB 3.1 Type-C adapters where the one adds a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 network port and the other adds an HDMI port that’s capable of 4K video output.

The first of the two new SilverStone USB 3.1 Type-C adapters is the EP05 and it is a compact Gigabit Ethernet network adapter in beautiful all white colored design. The adapter uses the Realtek RTL8153 chipset which offers TCP Offload Engine and it also supports advanced IEEE features such as 802.1Q VLAN tagging and 802.3az among others. The Realtek chipset offers both normal Wake On LAN (WOL) as well as RealWoW that allows you to wake your system over the internet too.

The EP05 would be a great addition to notebook computers such as MacBooks that do not have network port at all on their own. Naturally it is downwards compatible all the way to 10Mbps and USB 1.1 connections and it works driverless on Windows 8 or newer systems. Windows 7 and earlier will need to download and install drivers first.

The second new SilverStone USB 3.1 Type-C adapter is called the EP07 and it provides you with an easy way to add an extra HDMI port to your system. The SilverStone EP07 doesn’t just support USB 3.1 input and HDMI output, it also supports flexible USB 3.1 Type-C switching for DP 1.2 Alt Mode.

The EP07 Supports HDMI 1.4 and also former versions for older devices, but sadly no official HDMI 2.0 support. That doesn’t mean that you can’t connect a HDMI 2.0 display to it, you just don’t get the advantages. It supports content protection of HDCP Rx and Tx keys and it can display resolution up to 3840 x 2160 pixels at 30Hz with DP1.2 in SST mode.

 

Both SilverStone adapters work without extra power input which makes them highly portable. They don’t weigh much either, which always is a great feature in accessories for mobile devices.

Both the SilverStone EP05 and EP07 adapter will be available next week for a recommended end user price of $18.15 USD for the EP05 and $22.11 USD for the EP07 (excl. VAT).

 

SilverStone Releases TS11-C USB 3.1 Docking Station

SilverStone has quite a few external docking solutions for both SSDs and HDDs, but they newest of them that’s just been released is the fastest of them all. This is at least the case when we exclude the external RAID solutions. The new external docking station from SilverStone is called the TS11-C (SST-TS11G-C) and it comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2 connector with up to 10Gb/s super speed transfer rates.

Besides the connection options, the TS11-C is a pretty ordinary desktop styled docking station for hard disk drives and solid state drives. It can take SATA drives with a 2.5-inch form factor of any height as well as 3.5-inch drives. Just plug them in from the top and turn the docking station on. The docking station supports plug-and-play as well as hot-swapping of the drives for even easier usage.

The body of the TS11-C itself is made of aluminium while the top cover is made of plastic-ABS. The top is black while the rest of the unit has been gold coloured. A fitting colour for a premium docking station like the TS11-C is. While it comes with the newest standards in both USB and SATA, it is backwards compatible on both to previous generations. The operating system support is specified to Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, and future releases of Mac OS 10.5 or above.

SilverStone made sure to use a controller chip, the ASM1351, that supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) for the fastest possible transfer speeds and prevent bottlenecks on the USB connection.

A 2.5-inch SSD will easily get enough power through a USB connection, but a 3.5-inch hard disk drive will draw too much power. For this, the TS11-C comes with a 12V DC adapter and it also has a very convenient power button that allows you to have it connected all the time without actually using it.

SilverStone’s new TS11-C will be available on January the 28th for a recommended end user price of $53.35 USD (excl. VAT). We will also have a review ready for you on just this docking station very soon, so stay tuned for more.

Adam Elements USB 3.1 ROMA Brings Style to the Flash Drive

The USB 3.1 standard has been among us for some time now, but there aren’t many drives on the market that support this new standard yet. Lately more and more drives are being released, but they mostly just feature the new connectors and no real performance improvement considering the bus is capable of 10Gbps. That is no different with this new drive from Adam Elements and called ROMA, but it’s still something a little special. The clothing one wears don’t define you, but it can’t hurt to look good and the same goes for the Adam Elements USB 3.1 ROMA flash drive.

The ROMA drives match the Mac Book series perfectly with their Gold and Space Grey colours, and that is no real surprise as Adam Elements was founded in 2013 by Alan Cheng who previously worked for Apple Taiwan as a Senior Manager. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use the drives in any other system with the appropriate ports.

The ROMA features both a USB 3.1 Type C and a normal USB 3.1 Type-A connector for maximum compatibility to modern laptops, smartphones, and other USB 3.1 capable devices. You get 64GB storage when your purchase an ROMA and that’s not bad at all. It should be plenty for most people needs and enough to unload your smartphone data onto the drive.

ROMA’s USB-C plug works either way up, so users will never need that cursed 3-turn USB move again. Whenever data needs to be moved to another computer with a standard USB socket only, the connector can simply be swivelled around, and a full-sized USB 3.1 plug is ready to go. On both ends, ROMA boasts high-end transfer speeds of up to 130 MB/s, but whether that’s just read or also goes for write is anyone’s guess. My guess is that it only goes for the read speeds and that you shouldn’t expect much in terms of write performance.

The drive’s casing is forged from premium zinc-aluminium alloy which makes it shock-resistant and dustproof. In order to make transport easier and add to the design, ROMA comes with a brown handmade genuine leather strap which fastens neatly onto bags and clothes.

ROMA can be ordered directly from the Taiwan-based Adam Store and will also become available at European retailers shortly. The MSRP is set to £39.99 which isn’t bad at all for a stylish drive like this with 64GB capacity.

Asus Launches USB 3.1 Front Panel Upgrade Kit

Asus has announced the world’s first dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C front panel which provides access to the fastest external transfer rates available. USB 3.1 Type-C operates at a maximum rated speed of 10 Gb/s compared to USB 3.0’s 5 Gb/s. However, to access this bandwidth, your motherboard requires a SATA Express port found on many of the mid-high end z97, or z170 motherboards.

The installation process is extremely simple and involves 3 easy steps. Firstly, feed the UPD panel into your preferred 5.25-inch drive bay and tighten the bundled screws. Next, connect the SATA Express cable to your PC’s motherboard before attaching two Molex power to the front bay. Alternatively, it’s possible to physically remove the PCB and install the card in a PCI-E expansion slot.

There are other advantages to USB 3.1 Type-C such as reversible connectors, tidy cabling and charging power up to 100W. However, to take advantage of this additional power, the device being charged has to support the Power Delivery 2.0 standard. While USB 3.1 is becoming more prevalent, the majority of cases do not support it and this device would be the best method to access 10 Gb/s transfer speeds. The unit has some flexibility as it can be installed in an expansion slot which helps cases without any front bays.

Thunderbolt 3 Speed Is Capped on Apple’s 12-Inch MacBook

Apple wanted to bring revolutionary technology with its new super slim 12-inch MacBook and it did with the USB Type-C port. Unfortunately, those of you wanting to reach top speeds with Thunderbolt 3 will have to wait a bit longer, according to Intel.

Intel announced that its Thunderbolt 3 can transfer up to 40 Gbps, an enormous amount of data, but we won’t see that speed just yet. Though the company did make a smart move to merge the connectors with the USB Type-C protocol, we will only see it work at USB 3.0 speeds for now. This means only 5 Gbps transfer rates will apply when using Thunderbolt 3 on a USB Type-C connector, which is pretty disappointing.

However, this roadblock will not sit around forever. The Thunderbolt 3 speeds will be capped until manufacturers upgrade their controllers to support the enormous 40 Gbps transfer rates, so current MacBooks and even Google’s Pixel will just have to do with 5 Gbps speeds for now. In order to achieve top speeds, Thunderbolt 3 ports are still the best way and can be distinguished from normal USB Type-C connections by their proprietary Thunderbolt logo.

On the other hand, once proper controllers will be added to future MacBooks and other laptops, Thunderbolt 3 will make a huge difference. For example, Thunderbolt 3 is currently able to connect two 4K monitors simultaneously to a computer and is able to transfer a 4K movie in just 30 seconds. In addition, the Thunderbolt 3 is able to output up to 100 watts and is also able to handle 8K video with ease, so there’s a lot of potential in the tech.

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

Intel Unveils Thunderbolt 3 on USB-C

Thunderbolt may soon go mainstream and ubiquitous. Intel has announced Thunderbolt 3 with a crucial new feature, USB Type-C connectors. Not only will Thunderbolt 3 use USB Type-C ports, it will also support the USB 3.1 protocol and provide up to 100W though the USB Power Delivery spec. Bandwidth has also doubled to 40Gbps and non-USB PD power delivery increased to 15W. Unfortunately, backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 is not guan teed and requires an adapter.

Backed by Intel’s new controller, Alpine Ridge, Thunderbolt 3 utilizes either 4 PCIe 3 lanes to drive two ports or 2 PCIe 3 lanes to drive a single port. USB 3.1 support is baked into Alpine Ridge meaning all Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to USB  devices as well. Up to 2 4K displays at 60Hz or a single 5K display,  again at 60Hz, can be driven with support for Display Port 1.2. 10Gb Ethernet can also run on Thunderbolt 3 as well.

Building in USB into Thunderbolt is for sure going to increase the chances of adoption. Instead of having to build separate USB and Thunderbolt ports, firms can just use Thunderbolt ports and support both protocols. Cost is reduced as well with only the controller to mainly worry about as normal Type-C cables will run Thunderbolt 3 just fine. It would not be surprising to see eventually see laptops with just 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and maybe an extra Type-C port for larger models. The move to Type-C also means Thunderbolt can not move into smaller devices like phones and tablets. Thunderbolt may finally be the one port to rule them all, for those that pay for the controller of course.

Android Phones Will Feature USB Type-C in the near Future

The new USB Type-C seems to be getting a lot of appreciation on the market for mobile devices. Google is said to already have included the technology in its Chromebook Pixel series and is now looking to include it in new Android smartphones too, according to product manager Adam Rodriguez.

Though Google did not officially mention which Android devices would feature the new technology in the future, it would only make sense to see it on the new Nexus handsets. USB Type-C is great for a number of reasons, one of them being tat it is reversible, it can transfer data and power your devices simultaneously, and many more.

“We at Google are very committed to the USB Type-C spec,” Rodriguez said. “Expect to see this in a lot of Chromebooks and Android phones in the near future.”

By introducing the new Type-C USB on a variety of devices, users can then sync and charge their devices, from laptops to smartphones, using only one USB cable. Though it will take some time for the change to fully take place, it is something to look forward to.

Thank you TechnoBuffalo for providing us with this information

SanDisk Introduces Their First USB 3 Type C Flash Drive

We’ve seen motherboard and add-in card manufacturers getting ready with new versions to support the USB 3.1 and Type C connectors, and the mobile industry is expected to add the type C connector to most of their new models too. But a connector is no good without anything to plug into it, which makes it great to see that storage manufacturers start to release the drives to support it too.

The new Dual USB Drive features a Type C connector on one end and a USB 3.0 on the other for fast and easy transfer between next-generation devices and the PC. It will initially be available as a 32GB model and is expected to launch worldwide in Q2 2015 with more capacities are planned at a later time.

SanDisk’s new Dual USB drive will be available as a 32GB model initially with an expected worldwide launch date during Q2 2015. More capacities are planned at a later time.

Thanks to SanDisk for providing us with this information

USB 3.0 Promoter Group Announces New Slimmer Type-C USB In The Works

The next-gen USB is in the works according to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. The upcoming version will be built initially on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB, according to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group.

“Intel is excited to see the development of the new thin Type-C connector as it will enable an entirely new super thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops and a multitude of other more specific usage devices,” said Alex Peleg, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group. “This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”

“The new Type-C connector furthers USB’s lead in addressing customer desire for more flexibility and higher performance,” said Roland Sperlich, TI Consumer and Computing Interface Product Line Manager. “This allows USB to increase performance and continue to deliver ease of use to several evolving product categories for years to come.”

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, formed by Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Renesas Electronics and Texas Instruments, developed the USB 3.0 specification that was released in November 2008. In addition to maintaining and enhancing this specification, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group develops specification requirements to extend or adapt its specifications to support more platform types or use cases where adopting USB 3.0 technology will be beneficial in delivering a more appealing, richer user experience.

“While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group report that the USB Type-C specification is due for industry review in the first quarter of 2014 and a final specification is expected to be published by mid 2014. For more information regarding the specification and plans for pre-release industry reviews, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) website can provide more detailed insights.

Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector and cable solution include:

  • An entirely new design tailored to work well with emerging product designs
  • New smaller size – similar in size to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B
  • Usability enhancements – users will no longer need to be concerned with plug orientation/cable direction, making it easier to plug in
  • The Type-C connector and cable will support scalable power charging
  • Scalability – the connector design will scale for future USB bus performance

Thank you USB.org for providing us with this information
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USB 3.1 To Be Fully Reversible

The humble USB port is one of the most annoying things in the world, and I think it is a pain we can all share. In fact, why tell you what I am talking about when the meme above sums it up so much better. The simple USB plug can be a pest at the best of time, sometimes it fits, many other times it doesn’t because it is upside down, either way it’s down to luck. However, that could all soon be a thing of the past as the new Type-C connection for the USB 3.1 specification has a solution.

While the final hardware isn’t expected to be final until mid-2014, the new connections will be smaller, similar to that of a Micro-USB plug, or like that of the Apple Lightning connector, it will be fully reversible and that means two thing, the ports take up less space and you take up less time trying to make the cable fit the port.

There are no images of the hardware just yet, it’s early days, but the concept is great and it will no doubt be a big improvement over the current standard.

USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman Brad Saunders says that Type-C will “meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability” while allowing for future scalability in charging and data transfer. Type-C “will enable an entirely new super-thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops,” says Alex Peleg of Intel. “This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power, and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”

This will of course render current connections obsolete, and there will no doubt be various adapters and connections to facilitate the new standard, but perhaps a new USB port standard that really makes big changes is long overdue anyway.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.