With this new specification, device manufacturers will be finally able to eliminate the need for multiple ports and efficiently deliver data, power and video over a single connector with USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery. To further support a single-cable solution, USB Audio over USB Type-C provides a standardized approach to deliver compelling user benefits, device interoperability and ease-of-use across all digital audio applications.
“USB is the simplest and most pervasive connector available today, making USB Type-C the logical choice for the future of digital audio,” says Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “We encourage companies interested in adopting USB specifications to take advantage of USB-IF resources to reduce time-to-market and deliver reliable USB products.”
The USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification makes it easier to support digital audio over USB, add capabilities to reduce power consumption and add support for new features such as hotword detection. It defines minimum interoperability requirements across analog and digital solutions to minimize user confusion when not all hosts or devices support audio consistently. USB Audio over USB Type-C allows OEMs to remove the 3.5mm analog audio jack, shaving up to a millimeter off product designs and reducing the number of connectors on a device. Fewer connectors will open the door for innovation in countless ways and make it easier to design waterproof or water-resistant devices. For more information and to download the specification, please visit the USB-IF website at www.usb.org.
USB-IF Developer Days
USB-IF is hosting two USB Developer Days in Hong Kong, October 19-20. USB-IF encourages hardware developers and software developers with a focus on I/O connectivity and performance, form factor design, user interface, power management, cables, connectors and other areas of expertise to attend the USB DevDays. USB-IF membership is not required, space is limited and registration fees apply. For more information, please visit the USB-IF website.