With the introduction of USB C set to hit the market in late 2015, the gradual and painful crossover from boxy USB 3.0 to its sleeker counterpart is set to trigger a range of products not seen on the market for some time. The Dual USB Connectors.
If USB C is rolled out at the rate expected by industry manufactures, there will be a rather awkward period of time where neither USB Type-A (3.0) nor USB C will be the ‘standard’ connection type.
For those not aware of USB C, the connection type is very different to the traditional blocky rectangle of USB A. C is a much smaller rounded rectangle which is reversible. Unlike the upgrade from USB 2.0 to 3.0 (Both technically type A) the physical shape of the port is changing, which will likely cause a few physical compatibly problems.
So if you can’t use A connectors on C ports, and vice-versa, what happens when your device only has one connection.
Aside from adapters like the Apple’s USB A to C, which at the moment are surprisingly large, self-contained dual units could be the key to a smooth crossover.
To avoid being caught with the wrong USB connection, a dual USB flash drive is likely to be the fix.
SanDisk are the first to the market, with their Dual USB Type C, a pocket-sized 32GB flash drive with both types of connector allowing users to transfer files from one device to another with mismatching ports.
Other components manufactures are likely to follow SanDisk’s path as USB C, although a long way of being standard, is currently eking its way into a new range of tech.
Dual Flash drives are not new to the market, but are a little unknown quantity to most.
The most popular format currently is USB A to Micro USB. These mini flash drives are used to transfer date from PCs to smaller portable devices like Smartphones and Tablets that come equipped with Micro USB as standard.