Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 22nd April 2016 1288

iorangee-usb-cA Confusing Time Connecting To The New Kids On Block

Do you get miffed at mismatching USB connections?

It can be frustrating to have a device with a mini USB socket yet only have a cable with a Micro-USB plug to hand.

This challenge is about to get a whole lot worse as we get our heads around USV-C and Thunderbolt, the newest kids on the block.

USB-C is the latest version of the tried and trusted connectors.

It is about a year old now and increasingly prevalent amongst newly-released products.

The good news is that it is much faster than older USB standards, delivering shorter charging times and higher data transfer rates.

Also, it is the first USB connector that does not have a wrong way up.

The bad news is that the market now has USB-C to USB, USB-c to mini USB and USB-C to micro USB leads in addition to all the others.

This increases confusion and the risks of buying the wrong one.

Thunderbolt 3, now found on some new high end devices, is the very latest output standard in the market and adds another layer of complexity to the mix.

As it uses USB-C connectors, an USB-C cable can look like a Thunderbolt 3 one, but not do the same job.

So, why Thunderbolt 3?

It is extremely fast at shifting data, capable of transmitting a whopping 40 Gbytes per second, four times faster than USB-C.

Add in its capability to charge devices in the same way as USB and to do a better job than HDMI in delivering video output and you have the connector of the future.

It does mean, though, that to drive last year’s telly, a Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI cable will be needed.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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