The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised of partner companies that helped develop the latest USB spec,introduced a new USB Type-C connector on Tuesday.

Want faster data transfer speeds, reversible plugs and more power from your USB port? You’ll get all that with products following the new USB Type-C spec but you’ll probably need some adapters during the transition.

On the plus side, using USB Type-C equipment will bring transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps thanks to USB 3.1. They also support greater power to connected devices: Up to 100 watts, which theoretically means you could recharge or power a laptop device over USB. The physical connector is small and thin enough for charging smartphones as well, as it’s roughly the same size as the current Type-B; more commonly known as microUSB.

nlike prior USB standards, the new Type-C connector isn’t backwards compatible with existing USB ports:

“The new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.); however, the USB Type-C specification defines passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow consumers to use the new connector with their existing products.”

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