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There’s no denying that USB Type-C is the fastest adopted specification in the history of USB. Just by looking at the number of companies implementing the specification that was released only 10 months ago, one can see that this is truly the next big thing.
Despite such a short period after specification approval, there are already some devices and adapters available in the market, and the following months, or even weeks will bring yet more—new applications are being revealed all the time.
With so many devices, the new applications need to be compatible, so the question is what to do to make sure the new connector will not experience issues? The answer the USB-IF gave is, let’s meet at the interoperability workshop and find out!
From July 6-10 (2015) in Portland, a great number of USB vendors met and spent three days in intense testing of multiple applications—some well known, as USB mass storage devices, and some never seen before—and making use of the latest specifications USB-IF released last year: Type-C Cable and Connector, USB 3.1, Power Delivery and its very important part, Alternate Modes.
What can we say after these tests? We can’t say much because confidentiality is required by the participants. We can say that USB Type-C works! It works not only with the new Macbook, as shown in this video, but also with many more devices that are shipping or will ship later this year.
Cadence demonstrated and tested its USB Host and Device implementations. This success can further reassure Cadence USB IP customers of our product quality and engineering advancement.
To find out more about Cadence USB IP, please contact your Cadence IP sales representative or check our dedicated USB IP website.
Jacek Duda and Steve Brown
Let's hope that laptop makers don't follow Apple's minimalist design and include only a single USB Type-C connector. On my 2011 model MacBook Pro I use many connectors: Power, Ethernet, Firewire for backup, Displayport for an external 24" monitor, 2 USB ports for 2 more external 24" monitors. I simply cannot live with a single connector on a laptop.