USB 3.1 10Gbps And Reversible Type-C Connector Explained

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 4:30 PM

With all the glitz and glamour of last week’s CES event in Las Vegas, with curved 5K screens everywhere you turned, infrared mouse traps and humanoid robots, it was easy to overlook the humble USB 3.1 standard and USB Type C cable, gadgets which we’re all actually going to end up using.

We’ve taken a look a Type C before, but its showing at CES provides a real run-down of features we can expect from this new standard, beginning with its reversible connector. In my 26 years I still fumble a USB every so often and try putting it in the wrong way, but at last it will go in both ways. A cause for celebration in and of itself, but it’s joined by a host of other improvements in the shape of USB 3.1 that could make this tiny wire the most important yet.

First things first, Type-C is the name of the connection itself, the reversible USB. Type-C will no doubt become a standard for USB 3.1, but it can also be applied to USB 2.0 data as well. This means all your old devices could be used with Type-C ports thanks to cable extensions, rather than holding out for 3.1-compatible devices.

USB 3.1 and USB Type-C are two separate technologies which can be used in conjunction. 

Moving on to USB 3.1, and this new standard is capable of doubling the theoretical data transfer speed from 5Gbps for USB 3.0, up to 10Gbps for 3.1. For copying huge files this could be a godsend, and it’s an absolutely massive step up from the now-aging USB 2.0, which is capable of just 60MBps.

USB 3.1 also drastically improves power delivery, providing support for up to 100W of power. This makes the new standard very useful for powering and charging mobile devices, and will be enough for some laptops, full-speed external hard drives, or even powering dedicated monitors.

USB 3.1 Type C Connection

As it stands USB 3.1 will still be some way slower than Apple and Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 transfer speed of 20Gbps, but when it comes to value for money USB is still unbeatable.

Type-C devices are already beginning to creep out thanks to its backwards compatibility, while it’s expected the first USB 3.1 motherboards will begin shipping towards the end of this year. Excited by the possibilities of this new tech? Would you rather USB or the faster Thunderbolt become the industry standard?

Cheers to Tzzsmk for the heads-up!

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11:48 Jan-13-2015

Now I am worrying I accidently dont put this into the HDMI Port !!!

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12:52 Jan-13-2015

HDMI port is bigger :D

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01:54 Jan-13-2015

Finally I don't have to see that I put it in the wrong way..

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21:44 Jan-12-2015

Laptops that can charge via usb and Usb 3.1 power banks that can charge your cellphone and laptop. Some one make it happen.

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21:42 Jan-12-2015

settings and fps ? :p (ironic)

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22:34 Jan-12-2015

I'd say USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 settings, at around 10 GBPSFPS.

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23:11 Jan-12-2015

AHAHA nice one :)

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20:38 Jan-12-2015

Saw the news about USB 3.1 last year. With this one popping out, it'll be just the thing that most people might need.


Guess, it'll be not too long before laptops with 3.1 standart start getting on the market, =3

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18:48 Jan-12-2015

most interesting thing for me is the power delivery, basically it allows you to have much longer cables (5m is max recommended for standard USB) on devices without need of additional power extenders
and, if we consider known facts:
standard USB we know has 4 wires: +5V wire, DATA-, DATA+ and ground wire
now, new 3.1 type-C offesr: 100W, 5V, up to 5A, then it means there will be 4 5V wires carrying 25W aside from data-carrying wires and ground wire

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19:08 Jan-12-2015

I'll just +1 you because I couldn't put it better myself :)

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14:50 Jan-13-2015

Agreed, charging a Phone takes way longer with USB compared to the power grid

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18:33 Jan-12-2015

it's kind of like accidentally plugging your headphones into a microphone jack (mostly on laptops with no color-coding and hard-to-see etched denomination) - it's annoying, but doesn't happen so often as to cause a nervous breakdown or impede my productivity :D
While it's a 100% welcome addition, I have zero problems with the current USB 3.0 :)
Speed is the most important!

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13:02 Jan-13-2015

Remember it is twice as fast as USB 3.0!

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13:43 Jan-13-2015

funnily enough one cable would be theoretically enough to plug 15 HDDs and put transfer over 80MB/s each simultaneously :))

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18:11 Jan-13-2015

It may be twice as fast as USB 3.0 but are you REALLY transferring everything at 5Gbps (640MB/s) every day? Unless you actually own a RAID 0 SSD array - you won't even reach that speed. That is why I'm perfectly happy with USB 3.0 :P

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17:51 Jan-12-2015

How much time in our lives have we wasted turning over a USB cable because it's the wrong way!

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06:42 Jan-13-2015

Too much time... Too much time... :(

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16:58 Jan-12-2015

The tech gods are smiling down upon us!

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16:50 Jan-12-2015

We have waited... and our time has come. The both way USB cable. Happy times are ahead.

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16:43 Jan-12-2015

A reversible USB connector... About f@cking time damn it...!!!

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18:36 Jan-12-2015

but all the tension and action will be gone, with both-sided connector :/

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07:09 Jan-13-2015

even the reversible will fail me, I know cause I tried the connect my bro's iphone 5 to a charger

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