USB-C will change dramatically, without anyone seeing it

USB-C is becoming the standard all over the world, but that doesn’t mean connectivity isn’t changing.

In 2019, USB4 made its arrival. With it, a connection and data sharing speed never seen before. But for 3 years things have evolved a lot in the world of tech, and the next update of USB has just pointed the tip of its nose. It has just been announced by USB Promoter, the organization in charge of the development of new technologies related to this connection.

The update is expected to double the throughput of existing cables. According to USB Promoter it will thus be possible to reach 80 Gb/s against 40 today. It is expected to be released before the developer-only USB DevDays 2022, which will take place during the month of November.

As Brad Saunder, president of the USB Promoter Group, explains, the solutions that have benefited the most from this update are high-performance displays and storage area networks. “As tradition dictates, the upcoming update doubles the capabilities of USB4.”

Note however that the old cables, depending on USB 3, or Thunderbolt 3, will also be impacted, to a lesser extent, by this update. Regarding USB 3.2, the update should increase the bandwidth and thus exceed 20 Gb / s.

Expected responses to USB DevDays

We should know a lot more about this update during the USB DevDays 2022 which are held during the month of November. During these, developers from all over the world come to ask USB Promoter engineers to maximize the use of these cables with the new update.

As a reminder, the USB Promoter Group is part of USB-IF, a non-profit company that seeks to promote the USB solution as a universal connector port. Founded in 1995, the firm was an initiative of the big companies of the time. Among the founding companies, we find names like Intel or IBM, while companies like Apple or Microsoft have since joined the adventure.

USB-C: the long-awaited universal port?

The great strength of this update is that it will not require users to modify cables. The latter will not see the difference physically, the cable being always the same. With this update, the USB Promoter reiterates its confidence in USB-C, this connection port being set to become a world reference.

Today only Apple seems to want to resist it a little longer, but the Cupertino company will soon have to give in. The European Commission has just taken a historic decision, requiring smartphone manufacturers to offer a USB-C connection port on all smartphones released after January 1, 2024.

Apple will therefore have to abandon its Lightning port, and offer an iPhone with USB-C, or without any apparent port.

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