The New USB-C Does Double Duty

Everyone knows what a USB cord is, we use them every day. They are the wires that are used to connect printers to a computer. And unless you have an iPhone, they are also the wires used to charge your cell phones. While there are many different types and specs of USB wires, I wanted to discuss the connector type called USB Type C or USB-C.

This new connector will bring a lot of enhancements over the previous specs. The most notable, and one that I am most excited for, is the fact that the wire can be plugged in either way. If you are familiar with USB wires you know they only fit in one direction. The new standard will replace that with one that fits either way. The reason this will work is that it is essentially two USB 3.1 Super-Speed connectors in one. If you plug the connector in one way, the top set of pins are used; if you plug the connector in the other way the bottom set of pins are used. Another great feature of this new spec is that it will also support the new USB Power Delivery spec which allows for up to 100 watts to be carried over a USB cable. That is roughly enough to charge a laptop. Another nice feature is that it will be smaller than the connectors most of us are familiar with. It will be about the same size as what is currently called a micro USB connector.

The one drawback I do see with this new standard is that the existing USB connectors will not work without having to purchase an adapter. The hope is these adapters will not be expensive though. That being said, that is not too bad of a drawback for the list of new features it will bring. One final note on this new USB type, it is going to be capable of speeds up to 10Gbps, which is a nice bump over the current standard top speed of 5Gbps.

As always, please post your comments and questions below or email me directly.

 

Ryan Ash

 

Ryan Ash
Network Consultant
ryan.ash@customsystems.com

©Custom Systems Corporation 2015

 

The Future of Smart Phones

What’s in the Future of Smart Phones?

Batteries that charge in seconds. Bendable phones. Curved screens. Smart phones have changes a lot in the last two years. But what are some of the new features you should be looking for in your next cell phone? Technology is always moving forward and in the case of smartphones, at an exceptional pace. Here’s a quick breakdown of the next generation smartphone tech that you should be looking for in your next upgrade.
 
The future smart phonesone that I think most people, especially teenagers, will be excited for is synthetic sapphire. The most fragile part of your phone is the screen and the camera cover, because they are both made out of glass. In most cases today, this glass is specially treated to withstand certain kinds of impacts and scratches. Most of us know that feeling you have when you drop your phone and pick it up only to see a spider web of cracks across the screen. Synthetic sapphire promises to be a significantly more scratch- and impact-resistant material than glass. Replacing the glass parts of our devices with this material should help to greatly reduce the chance of accidental damage and those unwanted shattered screens.
 

Another part of a cell phone that will be a nice improvement will be reversible connectors. If you are an iPhone owner you already know this joy. For the rest of you that still use mobile phones that have USB connectors, one is in the works that will also be reversible. No more fumbling in the dark to plug in your phone at night.
 
A feature that I am excited for and will also take care of those pesky chargers, is wireless charging. There are some devices out there now that are capable of this but it is not yet  a widely used concept. This promises to be the future of smart phone charging. Really, the future of charging anything. Although, what would be really nice is to just not have to ever charge something again. Imagine just always being able to pull a charge wirelessly from somewhere and never having to wait for something to charge again?
 
The future of smart phones is going to be exciting. There are many things that may become standard on new phones. Who knows, your next smart phone may have screen projection, holograms, flexible displays, or even be completely built into your watch with no more handsets. The only question is, what’s next?
 
As always, please post your comments and questions below or email me directly.

 

Ryan Ash

 

Ryan Ash
Network Consultant
ryan.ash@customsystems.com
©Custom Systems Corporation 2015