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Published : 2021-09-28 11:16:42
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In recent years, the USB-C has appeared on many devices, such as smartphones, laptops and some monitors and is becoming  the reference in its field. The arrival of the USB-C is a mini revolution,  because for the first time in the history of electronics and computing, a single cable can do everything.  But concretely, what is this connector? What is it capable of? What is the future of this new technology? ERARD helps you to see more clearly the possibilities of this new standard of connectivity.

What is the USB-C? 

The USB Type-C is the new standardized format for cables and connectors developed by the USB Implementers Forum « USB Implementers Forum ». Multifunctional, it is capable of transmitting data, video or energy through the same cable with a high bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s, it can also carry an HDMI signal up to 8K.

How can you recognize the USB-C?

To fit increasingly compact devices, the USB-C cable's connector is smaller and thinner than previous USB cables,  and features rounded contours and a hollow center. It also has the advantage of being reversible and works in either direction.





What are the benefits of the USB-C?

The USB Type-C is a multifunctional connector with expanded capabilities that enables data, video and energy to be transmitted through a single cable.  

  • Data transfer  
    •  20 times faster than USB 2.0 for version 3.2 GEN 2 (10 Gbps)
  • Power:
    • Power Direct 100 watts and up to 5A for version 3.2 GEN 2 for powering computers, tablets and smartphones
    • Power Direct 60 watts and up to 3A for version 3.2 GEN 1 for powering computers, tablets and smartphones
    • Video mode
      • Videos can be broadcast to a monitor equipped with USB C Alternate mode or Thunderbolt mode.

What is the USB-C’s compatibility with different USB protocols?

This connector is designed for multiple uses and protocols

  • Data transfer
    • USB 2.0 (or USB Hi-Speed)
    • USB 3.2 GEN 1 (or SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps)
    • USB 3.2 GEN 2 (or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps)
    • USB 3.2GEN2X2 (or SuperSpeed USB 20 Gbps)
    • USB4 (USB4 20Gbps)
    • USB4 (USB4 40Gbps)
    • Thunderbolt 3.0 and 4 (40 Gbps)
  • Audio & Vidéo
    • DisplayPort video stream
    • HDMI video streaming
    • Audio streaming (USB Audio)
  • Power
    • Standard Charge
    • USB Power Delivery for fast charging
    • Proprietary technologies: OnePlus Dash Charge or Warp Charge, Huawei
    • Super Charge, Qualcomm QuickCharge etc.


In short, the USB-C is a REVERSIBLE, ALL-IN-ONE, MORE POWERFUL, COMPACT and above all UNIVERSAL connector, announced as the future European charging standard for our multimedia equipment.

See the ERARD offer in USB C cables :


USB-C male / USB-C male Cable

USB-C male / USB-C male Cable

USB-A male / USB-C male Cable

USB 3.2 gen 2 C M/M Cable
5A - Emark - black - 1m50
Power direct : 100 W

USB 3.2 gen 1 - C M/M Cable
3A - black - 2 m - Power direct : 60 W

USB 3.2 gen 1 - A M/ C M Cable
3A - black - 2m

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