What is USB version 3.1?

USB 2, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1. What are their differences and how does this improve the quality and quantity of your data transfer.

Universal Serial Bus, or USB, is an industry standard for consumer's on transmitting connectivity both power and data signals between devices.

USB 2 created an advancement in the market in USB protocols with in-built 4 conductors, 2 for power and 2 for data transfer, allowing users to transfer data and charge their mobile phone devices simultaneoulsy.

The updated version, USB 3.0, in 2008, has 9 pins, not 4 like it's predecessor, allowing for super speed data transferring at a much improved 5Gb/seconds faster than version 2 which could only tranfer at a rate of 480Mb/second. This updated improvement maintained exactly the same sockets and connectors, allowing backward compatibility with existing devices.

USB 3.1 superceedes the 3.0, with much the same functionality and speed as it's predecessor, USB 3.0, but with a much faster bandwidth at Super Speed Plus.

Prior to the USB 3.1, there was only 4.5W of power delivery but with the new model, is now improved to cope with Quick Charge, delivering 5/9/12/20v with 100W, a massive 95.5W improvement, meaning more and more devices can be powered with this new method.

USB 3.1 is the new standard, Type C, the new connector. Click here to learn more about Type C.


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