USB Type-C finally announced at CES
When it comes to CES, you keep in mind the fact that is more like a show that provides you some demonstrations of shipping hardware. The attention tends to be drawn towards those products that are not on the spotlight on regular basis. One of those products is the USB Type-C connector and the accompanying USB 3.
USB Type-C is meant to aid us when it comes to connect USB devices to computers. The Type-C comes with a universal connector that has the capability to be twice better (in theory) than the USB 3.0. Type-C connectors will represent the beginning of a new stage were no hybrid cabling will be needed. There will be USB 3.1 wires that can be compatible with USB 3.0 ports, but there will be no adapters with the regular USB at one end and the new connector at the other.
Signal overhead it is said to be dropped significantly due to Type-C connectors because of the fact that it has a switch to a 128-bit and 132-bit encoding scheme that resembles the one used in PCI-Express 3.0
Type-C USB 3.1 not always linked together
The Type-c plug can be used with other regular USB ports, which is a great thing for manufacturers because they are not obliged instantly to adopt expensive 3.0 hardware if they plan to insert in in mobile devices. All these will cause some confusion. The switch from USB 2.0 to 3.0 went almost smooth because of the s of the wires which made it impossible to mistake a port from another.
The upside to unpairing USB 3.1 from USB Type-C is the fact that a company can use the technology on mobile phones and tablets without having to opt for interfaces that require more power. Some may say the fact that this will be useless because the USB controller can be powered down when not used and when used, the device will automatically require power from the PC or charging port.
So, it is said that this will offer higher bandwidth, but the main problem will remain the power. The higher bandwidth is an important selling point, but in fact the difference will be made by the flappable connector and the power requirements. Some say that the 100W power envelope on USB 3.1 will show its practicality more than the capability of offering 10Gbps bandwidth. It is true that USB 3.1 can provide to an external SSD more room to work, but this can turn unhelpful for the existing devices that are doomed to hit about 80% of peak performance for desktop overloads. If capable of offering 100W of power, every manufacturer could get rid of clunky power bricks. The main concern will remain the assurance that the connect points are reinforced properly. Hard drives and other external drivers could be powered by single cables, as could USB hubs for various devices.
We do not know yet when we will be able to see the brand new USB 3.1 support set up on motherboards , but some estimate this will happen in the beginning of 2016.