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Each time I start working on an introductory paragraph for a new USB blog entry, I think about how big this interface standard has grown to be, and each time I’m amazed. Do you know that nowadays the annual estimate of USB-enabled device shipment is 3 billion? I mean nowadays, we are about to see the impact of all the new specs – USB Type-C, USB Alternate Modes, USB Power Delivery, and USB 3.1 Gen 2. Devices equipped with the latest and greatest USB specifications are now entering the market, and most people have not yet seen how easy it is to plug two devices with a Type-C cable (you can never do it wrong, you just can’t), or experience the single connection for power, data and display with the help of DisplayPort Alternate Mode and Power Delivery.
This abundance of new functionality can result in a lot of confusion among USB developers. I am sure there are multiple questions being asked at marketing or engineering meetings about the dependencies and requirements for new USB products, and without a deeper understanding of USB specifications, these may be difficult to address.
USB have been thoughtful about the situation and this year, for the third year in a row, they have organized intense engineering sessions for all kinds of USB applications developers prepared by the most influential and knowledgeable people in the USB working groups. The events are called USB Developer Days and this year they are taking place in San Diego, California, on October 20-21st, and in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 17-18th. At the time of this writing, only these two events have been announced, but it’s probable that a third session will also be scheduled for European engineers.
USB Developer Days is a perfect event to find out the latest and greatest in USB technology, right from the source. There are two days of intense engineering sessions, some divided into specific tracks on whole specifications (Type-C, Power Delivery, etc.). It’s a great place for networking, too, as there are representatives from major stakeholders in USB available either as panelists or participants.
USB Developer Days is a perfect event for anyone that will entertain a deep dive on the recently announced USB specifications, done by most experienced USB developers in a very accessible way. All the quirks are explained with real-life examples and if this does not help, the speakers are usually available for a chat in-between sessions. I cannot recommend attending this series of events enough.