A reign that will begin soon

And it is a fact. USB-C will soon come into force as the single format for all electronic chargers that enter the market, at least in the European Union. The law of the Old Continent also establishes a period of 2 years to implement the change in existing equipment.

The big goal is to simplify the lives of consumers with a single charger and, at the same time, reduce electronic waste, which has been a big problem for years throughout the world.

“USB-C is a change that has been long overdue by both the industry and consumers. On the one hand, the manufacturing format is standardized for the different brands in the field, while consumers should not have a type of charger for each device. At the same time, the environment also benefits by considerably reducing the electronic waste that accumulates year after year,” says Francisco Silva, Chile-Peru Manager of Kingston Technology.

It is important to know how to differentiate the types of connectors, as well as to be clear that there is a distinction between “connector” and “charger”, since the first is for data transfer, while the second is to supply power to the device.

What is USB-C?

USB-C was born from the USB Implementers Forum, a group made up of the world’s most recognized companies in the technology industry. Their main goal was to combat the problem of dead wires filling landfills and to create a standard connector. The result was USB-C: Easy to use, symmetrical, and reversible. It’s small enough to fit into ever-shrinking mobile devices, yet powerful enough for all your laptop peripherals.

In technical terms, USB-C supports the latest USB 3.2 communication protocols and is faster and more powerful than most USB standards. USB-C can provide up to 100W of power to devices and can transfer data at up to 20Gbps. Furthermore, it can offer Ultra-HD 4K video resolution and also stream audio. This means you can recharge full-size products and transfer data up to 20 times faster than USB 2.03, while enjoying a 4K Ultra-HD experience.

USB Types

There are also other types of USB. For example, USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.1 Gen 2, whose difference lies clearly in their speed. USB 3.1 Gen 1 supports speeds up to 5 Gbit/sec, while USB 3.1 Gen 2 supports speeds up to 10Gbps. In 2017 USB 3.2 made its appearance. For its part, USB-C supports higher data transfer speeds and can charge other peripheral devices faster, so it has naturally become the primary USB connector when using USB 3.2 Gen 2.

“We have a wide variety of USB Data Traveler devices with different features that make it possible to quickly transfer all kinds of data, from documents and presentations to music, photos and much more. We trust that this expected standardization can be seen in the coming years in our region, since everyone wins, both industry, consumers and the environment”, concludes Silva.