New Reversible USB Connectors Will Carry High Resolution 4K Video & Audio
The upcoming USB cable’s high-powered abilities, but now audio and video have joined the mix. Working alongside the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has leveraged a Display-Port “Alt Mode” to sort full audio/video on monitors with resolutions of 4K and above with the Type-C connector technology. What’s more, with the help of an adapter or converter cable, the new standard can be made to play nice with regular Display – Port, HDMI, DVI and VGA Jacks on existing displays. To wrangle video and sound, the alternate mode leverages a couple of the Type-C connector’s so-called Super-Speed lanes to deliver the goods to that external monitor — leaving the others to data transfers alongside that 100 watts of power. Of course, Display-Port tech has been available in Thunderbolt cables/jacks for some time, but the new USB kit looks to be “a single-cable solution” that’s sure to clean up that mess of wires under your desk.