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Monday Quiz: USB Type-C connectors (Part 1)

18 Jan 2016  | Martin Rowe

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1. What are the benefits of the USB Type-C connector?

The correct answer is f, all of the above. In designing the USB Type-C, the USB-IF wanted a broad solution: to apply across multiple standards, be fast (today and in the future), ability to handle large power and be flippable.

2. What is the top speed the Type-C connector can transmit?

The correct answer is d, 40Gbit/s. 20Gbit/s has been pushed through the Type-C connector with Thunderbolt 2.0. The connector is designed to handle as high as 40Gbit/s in the future.

3. How many more pins does the Type-C have than type A/B connectors?

The correct answer is f, 20. The Type-C connector has 20 more pins than the previous A/B connectors – 24 pins total!

Type-C connector

4. What does the Type-C Power Delivery (PD) Specification enable?

The correct answer is h, all of the above. The new power delivery specification enables charging devices up to 100W, supplying power to active cables, discovering cable functionality, enabling alternate technology modes, and facilitating device role and power direction.

5. What is the maximum power that can be moved through the Type-C connector?

The correct answer is e, 100W.

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