USB Type-C Connectivity
USB Type-C™ clearly marks the start of a new era in connectivity for our electronic devices.
“Almost 50% of smartphones and 93% of laptops will include USB Type-C connectivity by 2020,” according to ABI research.

USB Type-C Features

New Low Profile Design

As our electronic devices continue to shrink and become thinner, the demand for smaller, thinner connectors increases. Similar to the size of Micro-B connectors, the USB Type-C connector measures only 2.4 mm in height making it slim enough for phones, but robust enough for laptops and tablets.


The USB Type-C connector plug is reversible. No more worrying about whether the connector is upside down or not, or which end you plug in since the plug orientation and cable direction are reversible.

Alternate Mode

Alt-Mode allows manufacturers the ability to utilize the USB Type-C cable/connector to provide additional features or protocols over a single cable such as DisplayPort™ (over USB Type-C), HDMI over Type-C, or Thunderbolt™ over Type-C. This means separate cables are no longer needed if the specific Alt-Mode is enabled on both devices. The USB Type-C port takes care of the transfer.

Proceed with Speed and Power

USB 3.1, the latest USB specification, is a welcome progression to the connectivity standard which has provided users with reliable and convenient connectivity for nearly all digital devices. USB 3.1 comes in 2 flavors, generation 1 (Gen 1) and generation 2 (Gen 2). USB 3.1 Gen 1 is simply the new name given to the USB 3.0 spec and supports data transfer speeds up to 5 gigabits per second, while USB 3.1 Gen 2 doubles that to 10 gigabits per second. The increased data speeds of USB 3.1 Gen 2 translates into a better user experience by reducing data transfer times and also allowing for better performance for video.

In addition to higher data transfer speeds, the USB 3.1 spec will keep all of your portable devices charged with its support for 100 watts of power, enough to charge larger portable devices such as a laptop.

Source: USB Implementers Forum, Inc. May 2016

New USB Type-C Products from Comprehensive
USB Adapters

USB Cables

USB Hubs

A: Reversible connector - Unlike USB-A, the USB Type-C connector is double-faced, reversible and can be connected from both ends, no need to worry about plugging it in upside down.
Size - The 8.4 mm x 2.4 mm connector can easily implement into a thin laptop, a smartphone or a tablet;
Power - Type-C can deliver power at up to 100 watts at 20 volts. This means that larger devices can now be charged from USB, including laptops and monitors
A: USB Type-A is the original design for the USB standard and uses a flat rectangular shape.
USB Type-B connector is the other end of a standard USB cable that plugs into peripheral device (such as a printer, a phone or an external hard drive)
Type-C connector measures 8.4 by 2.4mm and is reversible
Top speed Max power output Power direction Cable configuration Availability
USB 1.1 2Mbps N/A N/A Type-A to Type-B
USB 2.0 480Mbps 5V, 1.8A Host to peripheral Type-A to Type-B
USB 3.0 / USB 3.1 gen 1 5Gbps 5V, 1.8A Host to peripheral Type-A to Type-B
USB 3.1 / USB 3.1 gen 2 10Gbps 20V, 5A Bi-directional / Host to peripheral (compatible) Type-C both ends, reversible plug orientation / Type-A to Type-C (compatible)
Courtesy C|Net
A: The physical USB Type-C connector isn’t backwards compatible. You can’t physically plug older USB devices into a USB Type-C port, nor can you physically connect a USB Type-C connector into an older USB port.
A: Yes, it allows you to connect the cable to your device in any direction.
A: Yes. The USB Type-C connector supports USB 3.1 Generation 1 & 2 and Thunderbolt 3.
A: Apple© Macbook, Google Pixel, certain smartphones, and many others being added