Recently, we’ve witnessed a rapid growth in the adoption of USB-C. Google uses the technology in Pixel C and brand new Nexus devices, Apple uses it in MacBook, Microsoft has implemented it in flagship Lumia 950 series, and Samsung has it in Galaxy TabPro version.
The adoption of USB-C technology is not limited up to tech giants only. Many low budget device manufacturers have started utilizing the technology as well.
USB-C cables brought joy to technologists until Benson Leung, a Google engineer, started purchasing these cables from Amazon and analyzing them. A majority of these cables turned out to be Defective USB-C that could damage your device physically.
Finally, USB-IF has taken the control in its hands as it is attempting to solve the issue with the specification of USB Type-C Authentication. The announcement of USB-IF was unveiled today in Shenzhen, China at the Intel Developer Forum.
The guidelines for USB-C cables will permit host devices, for instance, phone or computer, to verify whether an accessory is certified by the standards of USB-IF. This data will be transmitted instantly via 128-bit encryption before the power and data connections are established.
Additionally, USB-IF will offer better control over the coordination of device operations. For instance, a certain bank could easily set up that all of its computers to operate only on flash drives that are marked safe for usage by the IT department.
The latest specifications suggest that devices can add support for USB-IF guidelines via software updates. Also, accessories and cables that are manufactured before the introduction of these specifications must be replaced without any delay.
This would make it easier for consumers to buy accessories having USB-C connection type.