USB 3.1 Type C connector with SuperSpeed technology
The latest generation 3.1 is a credit to the name Universal Serial Bus, because the new connector type C will establish itself as the standard in telecommunications. Thanks to the doubling of the data rate to 10 Gbit/s and the fact that an even higher power supply is available for connected consumers, this connector is now also of interest for industrial applications.
With 24 pins it´s pluggable on both sides and also supports Power Delivery (max. 5A at 20VDC). The type C socket is also pluggable on both sides. This eliminates the problem that it often took several attempts to plug in the USB connector until it was properly seated. With 5 to 8 N, type C not only requires the least amount of force to insert the plug into the socket, it is also designed for 10,000 mating cycles, just like the Micro B. It is also suitable for 10,000 mating cycles.
The environmental conditions have also been optimised for industrial applications and allow an operating temperature of -25°C to +105°C.
The use of USB 3.1. in the industry, for example for sensor real-time monitoring, speaks in particular of the fact that no more special cables are needed. This reduces cable diversity, especially in measurement setups. The faster data transfer and the possibility of inserting the plug into the socket in any orientation reduces the time required. The fact that the connected devices can charge each other will also be of great benefit, especially in maintenance, where a portable measuring device and a tablet are often required.
Of course, there are also differences between USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 with regard to the cable. Instead of nine in USB 3.0,15 wires are now hidden under the sheathing of cable type C instead of nine. This also affects the specification of the cable length: If USB 3.0 allowed Super-Speed, also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1, up to 3 m, USB 3.1 allows Super-Speed+, alias USB 3.1 Gen 2, is only 1 m maximum. Four different test cables, each 1m long, are available from stock for initial setups.
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