Choosing the Right USB Type C Connector


PalPilot’s USB 3.1 Type-C Series have become the new mainstream connectors. Servicing industries such as Testing Equipment, Consumer, Medical, Telecom, and more. In fact, the most popular use of the USB Type C Connector would be for power delivery requirements. Thus, it is important to understand the different connector options of the Type C to best fit specific applications and device compatibility. PalPilot’s USB Type C connector is compatible with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 signals. A full feature USB 3.1 Gen 2 C to C cable is able to transmit data at a maximum 10 Gbps with the enhanced power delivery of up to 20V, 5A (100W). It is also able to support DisplayPort and HDMI alternate modes to transfer video and audio signals. More advanced products will use the High Speed USB 3.1 Gen1 for 5G, or High Speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 for 10G data rates.

Although the USB C connectors may look the same, devise applications will vary, the cable wiring will likely have wiring variations (USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1, and USB 3.1 Gen 2) that would make them inoperable when paired with the wrong devices. For instance, plugging a Type C Cable, wired for USB 2.0 Connector, into a Gen 2 Connection (i.e. Microsoft Chromebook), would not work. The Trident Symbol must be present on any TID certified cable. This symbol will help provide confirmation that it is the right cable for the specific devices. In the case of USB 3.0, it can also be found in the form of USB Type A, Type B and Micro B.



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For standard product details, please refer to online datasheets at https://www.palpilot.com/interconnect-products/usb-type-c-connectors-and-cables/. For additional questions or custom solutions, please reach us at contact@palpilot.com.

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