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USB type A to Type C cables

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#1 JosephB50


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Posted 09 April 2016 - 01:19 PM

Re the new usb type C and usb version 3.1 I get that the type is the physical connector, and that the 3.1 is the latest standard a port could utilize. What I don't get is the type A to type C connector cables. This is fine for connecting backward to 2.0 , or 3.0 etc. But how can a type A port (and connector) support all the features of 3.1 ? All my reading (dozens of discussions) have not said anything about this. It seems 3.1 requires a lot of wires, more than a Type A connector/port has, is that true, meaning Type A cannot carry full 3.1 features. Or in other words, no Type A port will ever support full 3.1?

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 09:47 AM

It doesn't support all the features of USB 3.1. Using the legacy cable the device will only operate at 2.0/3.0 speeds. To fully utilize 3.1 the device and the computer need to be USB 3.1. They have this cable to support legacy devices on new computers with only USB 3.1 or limited USB type A ports.

Edited by Sneakycyber, 10 April 2016 - 09:49 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 01:54 PM


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