USB-IF changed standard to include transfer rate in logos on products
O USB Implementers Forum, USB-IF, – the non-profit body that manages the development of the USB standard – announced a change to rebrand the connection. With the change of brand and logo, USB-IF will do away with the name SuperSpeedbetter known through its versions, as USB 3 or USB 3.2for example.
The idea with the brand change is to make it easier for customers to understand by exposing the data transfer speed and power charging capabilities of a product already in the USB certificate logo. That is, instead of defining that the USB 3.2for example, is capable of running a transfer rate of 20 Gbps, the USB-IF decided to put this ability to 20 Gbps of the product directly on the logo on the packaging or on the product cable.
In this way, the user should not need to know what the 3.2 standard is, for example, and its specifications. It will be enough to observe the capacity shown in the logo and assess whether this rate meets the needs of each one.
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Change to USB-C
O USB-C standard, increasingly popular, received a particular update on this change announced by USB-IF. In addition to presenting the data transfer capability in their logos, products that carry the Type-C input will also bring the charging power that the cable or product is capable of carrying.
This happens because, in addition to being used as a means of transferring files, the USB-C it has also spread for charging devices. Check out below what the new logo format for C-type packaging and cables will look like.
Will it be mandatory to follow the new standard?
like the USB is an open standard and does not require licensing – unlike Thunderbolt where companies need to license products with Intel, for example – the changes proposed by USB-IF they should only cover devices certified by the agency, which has more than 900 member companies around the world.
O USB-IF has no legal force over the standard to impose any kind of regulation regarding the use of USB. That is, there is a possibility that companies do not follow the new determinations of the body.
This change should begin to appear to the public on packaging and products by the end of the year. The implementation takes place as of this quarter, that is, in the final three months of the year.
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Source: USB-IF, The Verge