What is USB3.1 and USB Type-C?

Category : Specification / Capacity / Performance

What is USB 3.1?

USB 3.1 is a new standard defined by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum).

- USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed): merely a renaming of USB 3.0 (theoretical bandwidth of up to 5Gbit/s)

- USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeedPlus): an impact on the transfer speeds (double the theoretical bandwidth of up to 10Gbit/s)


What is USB Type-C?

(1) USB Type-C is a new connector type introduced by USB-IF in the USB Type-C Specification 1.0.

(2) The Type-C connector is a reversible plug-and-play connector for USB devices.

(3) USB Type-C can be applied to the host device, the USB device and cables.


How do I know my host device has a USB 3.1 port?

Please refer to the below connector table to check the USB port of your platform.

 For further confirmation, please check the specifications of your host device or seek for the technical support from your host device manufacturer.


Can I upgrade to USB 3.1 e.g. by using adapters?

- Yes, you can upgrade your device to USB3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 by an supported add-on card.


Are there already host devices on the market that are equipped with USB 3.1 Type-C connectors?

Here is the list of the devices that support USB3.1 Type-C for your reference.

 


Is USB 3.1 the same as Type-C?

- No, USB 3.1 is the USB specification, whereas Type-C is merely a USB connector type.


Does USB 3.1 always come with Type-C connector?

There are three types of connectors that comply with USB 3.1, including Type-A (Standard-A), Type-B (Standard-B / Micro-B) and Type-C. Please refer to the below connector table for more information.


Specification:



Connector:








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