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What is USB Type-C and Why We are Excited About It
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Author: Elaine

USB Type-C is an USB interface(connector) defined by USB Implementers Forum, Inc., creators of USB technology. Welcome to USB Type-C! Apple’s new MacBook has implemented the USB Type-C port, which will be the future modern product of USB Port.

USB Type-C Features

USB Type-C Features

From the shape, USB type C is greatly different from the common USB Type A. Although the USB technology has developed from the USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, and USB 3.1, the appearance of the port we mostly use is USB Type A, which has a right and wrong side when you plug it in.

With the newly designed USB type C, you needn’t worry about reversing the usb cable when plugging it in.

Let’s first get an overview of USB type C, except this easy plug feature.

  1. USB Type-C is a specification for a reversible-plug connector for USB devices and USB cabling.
  2. Rather slimmer and thinner than USB type-A.
  3. typeA and type C

    USB Type-A (Left) and USB Type-C(Right)

    As the following picture shows, the right side USB type-c is much smaller and thinner than the left USB Type-A. A Type-C port measure is just 8.4mm by 2.6mm. This means it’s small enough to work for even the future smallest peripheral devices.

  4. USB type C is USB 3.1 standard. High Speed as 10M bps and as a power port. 2X  Transferring speed of the USB 3.0.
  5. The USB-C connector supports DisplayPort, HDMI, power, USB, and VGA. Notably absent is Thunderbolt.
  6. USB Type-C is backward compatible but requires adapters. It’s fully compatible electrically with USB 3.0, though obviously it won’t plug in physically without an adapter. It is fresh that USB needs an adapter.
  7. Power Supports:

Indications are that the USB-C standard supports at least 100 watts of power delivery, so it’s possible that USB-C could replace most power adapters as a standard in the future. Using USB to power a laptop isn’t new, though. Look at the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro $1,299.00 at Lenovo, which has a full-size USB 3.0 power connector.

Look at the connector interface of USB type-C.

Type C interface

The interface port of USB Type-C Connector

Are there any latest USB Type-C applications in consumer products?

Yes. There are booming. Besides the Apple MacBook port, there are more and more USB Type c products emerge.

Watch this Video about USB type-c by expert of PCmag:

I have collect some USB Type C products in the latest days:

  • Lattice Semiconductor Expands USB Type-C Product Family
  • Asus Releases ZenPad Flagship With USB Type-C
  • Google Nexus 5 2015 Release Update: Fingerprint Sensor, USB Type C

For Adapters:

The majority of USB type-c adapters are the USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapters.

USB type-c to USB 2.0 adapters for power

USB type-C to USB 2.0 female cable

USB Type-C to Mini USB data power adapter

Apple USB Type-C to USB Adapters.

Thought we need adapters to transferring data between USB Type C and common USB products. It is not long before we do not need adapters when the USB Type-C becomes more popular.

USB Implementers Forum, which is the creator of USB Type-C, says that Type-C USB is designed to be future-proof. In the future, there will be more and more USB Type-C devices for the fastest USB connectors. When USB Type-C becomes as popular as the current USB Type-A, it will be easier when we working with devices. We will hold tiny USB devices for both data and power connections. Just welcome the smart digital connection and cables of USB Type-c of USB 3.1

How to Make a USB LED Light
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Author: Elaine

Commercial USB LED desk lights can be fully-functional lighting devices for viewing your documents and lighting your workspace. Most do-it-yourself desk lights, on the other hand, are simple, hastily-constructed conversation pieces built on-the-fly. Building a USB desk light out of junk from around the office can be a relaxing break time diversion. Including a resistor in the design of your LED USB light is important to ensure its longevity and prevent overheating.


Things You’ll Need:Male USB cable ,LED ,Resistor ,Soldering iron and soldering wire ,Soda bottle plastic lid ,Foam cup ,CD ,Multitool with wire cutters, awl and knife attachments ,Electrical tape.


1.Cut the USB cable and expose the red and black copper wiring. Use the wire cutter on the multitool to strip away the wire insulation from ¾ inch from the end for both wires. Use the wire cutters gingerly to avoid damaging the copper cable inside.

2.Solder the resistor to one lead of the LED and the other end of the resistor to the black wire. To solder safely, use a soldering iron in your dominant hand and feed the soldering wire to the connection point slowly and evenly with your non-dominant hand. Solder the unattached end of the LED to the red wire.

3.Drill a hole with the awl attachment on the multitool in the soda bottle cap. Insert the LED light through the hole and tape it into place using electrical tape. Wrap exposed metal with electrical tape to insulate it and prevent electrical shock or short circuits.

4.Drill a hole with the awl attachment on the multitool in the foam cup and run the USB wire through the hole of the CD and cup, ensuring that the reflective side of the CD is facing upwards. Tape the CD , a soda bottle lid and a foam cup together to form a sturdy frame for the USB lamp with the electrical tape.

5.Using the knife attachment on the multitool, cut the drinking edge of the foam cup to allow the light to rest evenly on the table. Run the USB cable through the notch. Plug the USB cable into a free USB port on a computer to test the light.

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Wow,USB Bike Generator!
Friday, July 08th, 2011 | Author: Elaine

Since we can produce some energy while riding a bike, why don’t we utilize that to do more things? An user asked that question before making the USB Bike Generator and now the designer wants to share the interesting experience with you guys.


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