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Monday Quiz: USB Type-C connectors (Part 2)

25 Jan 2016  | Martin Rowe

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1. What is the USB-C alternate mode?

The correct answer is b, the ability to reassign Type-C pin functionality to change the standard the link is operating (e.g. running DisplayPort across the Type-C interface).

2. The ALT (alternate) mode of the Type-C connector supports which standards?

The correct answer is h, a, c, and e only. Currently USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort (and MHL) have all announced adoption of the USB Type-C connector.


3. What testing is required to turn on a Type-C interface?

The correct answer is f, all of the above. Hardware and software for design simulation and test for Tx, Rx and cable for all of the standards adopting the Type-C interface will be required.

4. On which devices will you be seeing the Type-C connector?

The correct answer is i, all of the above. But, as Pablo Valerio wrote in EBN, "It's too early to know if Apple is committed to the new USB Type-C for all new devices. So far the only product shipping with the new connector is the new MacBook. Until now the company justified the use of the lightning connector to provide more power to certain devices, such as iPads, than the micro-USB could provide. But that is no longer an issue with USB Type-C."

But Apple being Apple, well...

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