As one of the most recognizable components in electronic design, USB connectors have undergone a multitude of changes since their inception in 1996. This includes various iterations of the physical connector from Type A to the latest Type C as well as advancements in data transmission protocols and power delivery capabilities. USB Type C has taken USB into a new age and world of possibilities thanks to its simplified interface, quicker data transfer speeds, and greater power delivery allowances.
While data transfer speeds can often be the focus of attention for USB connectors, it is USB Type C’s power capability up to 100 W that has made it an intriguing solution for power-only applications. By removing the data transfer pins, the power-only USB Type C connector is formed, providing designers with a more cost-effective solution for designs where charging or power is the sole function.
This CUI Insights blog post, “An Introduction to Power-Only USB Type C Connectors” provides an overview of the power-only USB Type C connector, while outlining its advantages and design considerations.