First Image of Reversible USB Cable Released
Published on: 3rd Apr 2014
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By: Ian Mansfield
Plans for the first major overhaul in the design of the USB cable in years have been approved by the standards body that oversees the technology.
From the consumer perspective, the biggest change will be that there will no longer be a correct and incorrect way to plug the cable into a device, it will finally work both ways up, or down.
The USB Type-C will finally be symmetrical.
The new USB format will also support data connection speeds of up to 10Gbps, which is double the current speed, and for power charging, will support up to 100 watts of power supply.
The plans have not been fully signed off yet, but that is expected in July, and it will then take a few years for the cable to be in widespread use.
One possible sticking point is how the EU will modify its single-charger rules to account for the new standard, which will not be compatible with the older format.
On the web: The Verge