The core of USB has remained almost the same since its first release of USB 1.0 back in 1996. But, the interface has expanded to support faster bus speed. Moreover, there is an improvement in power management; you can have more devices classes, wireless communication, dual-role devices, and much more. Additionally, the new and improved chips and development tool have eased the task of developing equipment and software to access them. The last edition is USB 3.0 and the superspeed bus.
USB is the solution that can be used anywhere anytime. You can choose USB type C flash drive or Micro USB to communicate with external devices. USB’s can be even used for internal devices, for example, fingerprints readers, etc.
Here, is a list of benefits from a user’s perspective:-
A. Easy to Use:
One of the top-benefit of using a USB is ease-of-use. The USB interface is easy to use for many reasons:-
1. One Interface for Many Devices:
A USB is versatile enough for any laptop or PC. So, instead of having multiple-connectors and cables types for each peripheral function, you can use one USB.
2. Automatic Configuration:
Using a drive is not only easy; also, your computer operating system detects the device and loads the appropriate software driver automatically. This saves time and resources of a user. When you use the device for the first time, your operating system prompts automatically and performs the installation. You don’t have to reboot before using a device.
3. Easy to Connect:
A typical computer or laptops have multiple USB ports, and USB hubs make it easy to add ports without any modification in the PC.
4. Convenient Cables:
The custom USB’s in the body is small and compact compared to connectors used by other interfaces. You can ensure reliable operation. The USB specification defines the electrical requirement for cables.
5. Hot Pluggable:
User can quickly connect and disconnect a USB device whenever they want. The Operating system automatically detects the device when it is attached and readies it for use.
B. Multiple Speeds
You can buy USB support with four bus speeds. (a) Superspeed at 5Gbps, (b) High Speed at 480Mbps, (c) Full Speed at 12Mbps, and (d) low speed at 1.5Mbps. The Superspeed requires a USB 3.0 host controller in the host PC. USB2.0 host controller supports low, full, and even high speeds.
You can understand bus speed as the rate on which information travels on the bus. In addition to application data, the buss must-carry status, control, and error-checking information. Also, multiple devices can share a bus. In a USB C vs. Micro USB, one of the significant differences is speed.
USB device is reliable due to both hardware and the protocol. The hardware specification for USB drives; receiver and cable ensure that the electrically quiet interface eliminates most noise. The USB protocols are created to enable detecting errors in receive data and notifying the sender so that it can retransmit. The hardware performs all the functions like detecting, notifying, and retransmitting without software or user support.
There is a lot of costly storage; on the other hand, there is USB – an inexpensive option for data storage. A device with a USB interface is likely to cost the same or less than the same device with a different interface.
E. Power Saving
Power-Saving protocols in the USB device reduce power consumption. The power reduction is made keeping the equipment ready to communicate whenever needed. Reducing the power consumption saves money and also helps the environment.
USB C vs. Micro USB:
The primary difference between Micro USB and Type C custom USB is mainly because of functionality. There is a slight difference between with minor aspect of the physical construction too. Today, the industrial standard of using Micro USB or type B is slowing moving out-of-trend. Now, most of the manufacturers are adopting or moving-into-the-trend of USB C or USB Type C.
USB C has a new, tiny physical connector- roughly the size of a micro USB connector. The new USB-C connector can be used with various new USB standards like USB 3.1 and USB PD. The standard USB connector is the USB Type-A. We’ve moved from USB 1.0 to USB 2.0, and now we are moving to USB 3.0 devices. With the changing technology, the device’s have become smaller and thinner.
USB Type C has plenty to offer the user over and above the Micro USB. With USB C you no longer have to flip the connectors around, the single USB connector is shaped for all devices. Now you don’t have to keep a different USB cable to match different connector shapes. The USB Type – C also supports different protocols using “alternate modes” this allows the user to have an adapter that can output HDMI, VGA, Display Port, or any other types of connections from that single USB port.
THE USB C, USB PD, and Power Delivery:
The USB PD in the specification is closely related to USB Type-C. Currently, USB 2.0 can provide you with 2.5 watts of power. That is enough to change your phone, the USB PD specification supported by USB-C offers 100watts of power delivery. The USB is bi-directional, which mean it can either send or receive power. The power can also be transferred at the same time the device is transmitting data across.
Lastly, the massive benefit of USB –C connector is that it is not backward compatible, but the underlying USB standard is backward compatible. To put in other words, you cannot plug a USB device into a new, tiny USB –C port. Also, you cannot connect a USB-C into an older, more significant USB port. But, the benefit is that USB 3.1 is still backward-compatible with an older version of USB. So, all you need is a physical adapter with a USB-C connector, and then you can connect it to older and newer ports. Realistically, USB C is a better choice over Micro USB and USB-C is a worthy upgrade.