Even Dinosaurs Evolve – the USB Type-C Connector

By Roger Isaac, Chief Technology Officer

There’s been a lot of fanfare about the new USB Type-C connector, and I suppose there should be. The latest in the line of USB connectors continues the evolution of smaller mechanical connectors capable of higher data rates. It’s another step forward for both consumers and manufacturers. It can deliver a lot of power. And it’s reversible. It all sounds so good. But…

…with all the enhancements embodied in the Type-C connector, it can’t deny its lineage…a lineage that is on its last wobbly legs…that family of dinosaurs called mechanical connectors.

No one can deny their impact on modern technology. Mechanical connectors provided a convenient way to interconnect any number of devices. They were relatively reliable and fast enough to do the job. But unfortunately, what is becoming clear to everyone, is that mechanical connectors do not have what it takes to continue to thrive and be a positive force in the computing ecosystem. They just don’t have the DNA.

What is it about mechanical connectors that makes them ill-suited for this new world? It’s the fact that these connectors are…mechanical.

Today’s consumers are looking for thin, sleek, undeniably gorgeous products that they can take with them anywhere and not have to worry about breaking them. Mechanical connectors require an ugly hole on the side of an otherwise beautiful device. And where there is a hole, there is an opening for dirt and lint and water and a thousand other predators, making these fragile mechanical connectors prone to reliability issues.

Today’s consumers don’t want to be tethered. Holes are meant for cables which have their own associated hassle and wear and tear. Not a consumer’s best friend.

Today’s consumers want fast speeds and reliability. The faster the data rates, and they are getting extremely fast, the more prone metal connectors are to EMI and RFI – interference that disrupts signals and causes unexpected errors.

Keyssa’s Kiss Connector is not the latest in a family of conventional connectors. It is a completely new animal based on solid-state technology and operating in the super-fast 60GHz spectrum. The Kiss Connector is fast, it’s sleek, it’s reliable, and it’s adaptable to a wide variety of protocols.

But what makes it most unique, and why both consumers and manufacturers are embracing it, is the fact that it’s invisible to the naked eye, hiding under the surface of a device skin, immune to wear and tear…quietly waiting to jump into action at a moment’s notice.

Yes, the USB Type-C connector has much going for it, but time is not on its side. Keyssa looks forward to ushering in a new era of connectivity.

It’s time to kiss old connectors goodbye.

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