Will SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps be backward compatible with existing USB devices?

Yes, new host platforms, devices and cables will continue to be fully backward compatible with today’s USB products, including USB 2.0 at Low-, Full-, and Hi-Speed and USB 3.0 at SuperSpeed USB at 5 Gbps.

Will existing SuperSpeed USB cables operate at 10 Gbps?

Existing SuperSpeed USB cables are not certified to operate at 10 Gbps.

Why 10 Gbps and not a higher data rate?

SuperSpeed USB at 10 Gbps is the practical next step for USB performance based on keeping the solution at a reasonable complexity (low cost) and retaining backward compatibility with existing USB connectors and cables.

What does it mean that it won’t matter which way you plug in a USB Type-C cable and connector?

The USB Type-C connector is designed so that users will no longer need to be concerned with plug orientation or cable direction, making it easier to plug in a device.

Is the USB Type-C connector backwards compatible?

No, the new USB Type-C plug and receptacle does not directly work with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.). However the USB Type-C specification defines passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow users to use their existing products.

What companies were involved in developing the USB Type-C Cable and Connector?

USB 3.0 Promoter Group developed the USB Type-C specification. The specification lists all of the contributing companies within the document. It is available on the USB-IF website: http://www.usb.org/developers/docs/

How will consumers be able to identify USB Type-C products? Is there a certification program and logo licensing for USB Type-C products?

USB-IF is in the process of establishing a compliance and certification program for the USB Type-C specification, the already existing USB logos and icons will apply just as they do today.

Are there any specific reasons why the USB 3.0 Promoter Group made a new connector?

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group recognized the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design and ease-of-use trends in terms of size and usability for products. USB Type-C fully embraces all of the existing and latest trends in USB technology – delivering very high data performance, delivering more power and natively supporting more advanced applications (USB A/V for high-resolution display, UASP for high-performance external storage, etc.).

What type of products will incorporate the new USB Type-C cable and connector?

The USB Type-C Cable and Connector Specification is available for manufacturers to incorporate into all types of end-user products, including mobile phones, tablets, desktops, laptops and more.

What is the maximum data throughput expected for products incorporating the USB Type-C specification?

Manufacturers can decide what level of USB performance to enable on their USB Type-C devices. USB Type-C can support up to 10 Gbps of throughput, however that does not mean every USB Type-C device will be capable of that performance level.

What is the maximum wattage expected for products incorporating the USB Type-C specification? 

The USB Type-C specification enables scalable power charging and manufacturers can decide what level of USB performance to enable on their USB Type-C devices. USB Type-C products can be built to support up to 100W of power.