What is USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen 1 – a Discussion

USB type c and usb 3.1 gen 1

Since 2015, the use of both the USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen 1 have respectively been on the rise. In each of their respective categories, they are held up as some of the most advanced cable types.


Throughout the past few years, simultaneous to the development of USB Type-C, a string of announced Macbook releases stirred controversy. The reason for this was the promotion of a single port, instead of the multi-port design as had been the standard prior to these announcements. This decision is what began the replacement of USB, Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort, with the now widely used USB Type-C port connector.


Among all this happening was some confusion over what was USB Type-C and its differences compared to USB 3.1 Gen 1. For those seeking to differentiate between the two, the simplest way to explain the difference is that Type-C refers to the connector type whereas USB 3.1 Gen 1 is in reference to the technology inside the cable. Thereby, they are not exclusive to each other and are in fact oftentimes combined into the same cable. The combination of these two together are admittedly tough to beat. The Type-C connector on its own has become the most widely used port in the history of USB, preferred by Canadian consumers far and wide over its predecessors.


Delving a little deeper into the USB 3.1 Gen 1 side of things, the tech boasts speeds up to 5 Gbps. Inside of a Type-C cable, USB 3.1 Gen 1 provides the second fastest data transfer speed in this standard. To many non-technical Canadian consumers, it also bears noting that USB 3.1 Gen 1 is considered the equivalent of USB 3.0. Across most specifications, these two cable types are identical or near identical. That said, the updated USB 3.1 Gen 1 is a significant improvement over USB 2.0, which provides speeds maxing out at 480 Mbps. As evidenced, the upgrade has meant a much, much faster data transfer speed.

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