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Slimmer, Reversible Next-Gen USB Type-C Plug | The Digital Reader
Following an announcement in December 2013 and renders which popped up in April, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced today that they had finalized the next-gen USB Type-C connector, and that it is now ready for production. Thanks to a new standard USB plug, gadget users everywhere are going to be saved from the fate pictured at right. Kidding aside, as you can see in the image below, the new plug is much smaller than the standard USB-A plug found on thumb drives and USB cables everywhere. It's designed to replace all existing USB plugs with a single reversible plug which is about the same size as the existing micro-USB plug while at the same time offering a significant boost in speed: As for speed, the new cable will offer SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W. The new plug is ready for production, and more details can be found at www.usb.org. Today’s press release also notes that the specification has now been “ transferred to the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for ongoing management and the establishment of a compliance and certification program.” So this new plug is intended to unify all the disparate [...]