Google announced a new Chromebook pixels. Just few days after Apple unveiled its new MacBook. The devices are fundamentally different, but have an interesting commonality – namely, a USB 3.1 Type C plug. And this is such a multi functional port because it is used to charge the devices, transfer data and connect external devices.
But that would hardly worth mentioning. The USB type-c plug that is still has another much better advantage: it can be plugged in total darkness. Because why? it is symmetric, the same on both sides, there is no top and no bottom and no edges and corners so that stick to everywhere.
In announcing the new pixel Google has further announcement: “The pixel is one of the first devices with this new standard and further Chromebooks and Android devices will follow soon with some excellent enhancements:
- Completely new design but with backwards compatibility
- Similar to the size of USB 2.0 Micro-B (standard Smartphone charging cable)
- Slim enough for mobile devices, but robust enough for laptops and tablets
- Reversible plug orientation for ease of connection
- Scalable power charging with connectors being able to supply up to 5 A and cables supporting 3 A for up to 100 watts of power
- Designed for future USB performance requirements
- Certified for USB 3.1 data rates (10 Gbps)
- Receptacle opening: ~8.4 mm x ~2.6 mm
- Durability of 10,000 connect-disconnect cycles
- Improved EMI and RFI mitigation features
In the video, Google shows us the benefits of the new USB type-c plug standards: