• Taiwan-Based Suppliers Appear to be Betting Big on Apple's Type-C Connector



    Integrated circuit manufacturers based out of Taiwan are said to be betting big on the new reversible USB Type-C connectors, largely due to Apple’s effort to embrace the technology in its 12-inch MacBook with Retina display. As many of you might remember, Apple turned many heads when it released its all-new 12-inch MacBook in April. The new iteration featured an ultra-thin design with just one USB Type-C port for both data input and charging. Its launch made Apple the first major computer manufacture that embraced the smaller and reversible USB port.

    According to the folks over at DigiTimes, the Cupertino California company’s aggressive adoption of USB Type –C has allegedly emboldened integrated circuit makers in Taiwan. The publication is claiming that ASMedia Technology, Etron Technology and VIA Labs are all planning to offer USB Type-C products, as the companies expect “widespread adoption” of the new port in many upcoming notebooks and smartphones.

    Just to help clarify, Apple’s 12-inch MacBook features the first generation USB 3.1 technology in its Type-A port, which currently runs at a speed that is 5 Gbps slower, the same as USB 3.0. The next-gen USB 3.1 ports will double that to 10 Gbps and support will be a part of Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors. For that very reason, most Taiwanese manufacturers are expected to supply second-gen USB 3.1 Type-C ports at a faster 10 Gbps data rate than Apple’s current MacBooks. It’s expected that new notebooks with Intel Skylake processors and faster second-gen USB 3.1 speeds will help increase the demand for new, smaller USB Type-C form factors in future devices.

    As of right now, Apples 12-inch MacBook continues to remain one of the only devices with a USB Type-C port, though the company is rumored to be working on a 12.9-inch tablet that could also feature the new connector. We’ll have to wait and see though how everything turns out.

    Source: DigiTimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Taiwan-Based Suppliers Appear to be Betting Big on Apple's Type-C Connector started by Akshay Masand View original post
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