Notebook Makers In No Rush To Adopt USB-C – Report

Digitimes’ Cage Chao and Joseph Tsai note
that while the USB Type-C interface is enjoying growing popularity among smartphones and tablet makers, notebook and all-in-one (AIO) PC vendors (other than Apple) are thus far less than enthusiastic about adopting the technology into their latest products due to design and cost issues, according to anonymous sources in the upstream supply chain.

Chao and Tsai report that only a few notebook vendors are planning to adopt one USB-C port in their new products for the second half of 2016, and that the USB-C interface is unlikely to become a mainstream standard technology in the notebook market until 2017.

The report cites two technical concerns that are holding back notebook makers’ adoption of USB-C interface, namely that that the interface features electric current that is greater than with previous-generation I/O interfaces, and could lead to interference and heat dissipation problems, and secondly that while USB Type-C features a high-speed transmission, in order to achieve its maximum speed, it requires an amplifier chip, a receiver chip and a special-spec transmission wire, all of which significantly raise product costs.

Intriguingly, Chao and Tsai say “Apple has decided to adopt the USB Type-C interface for its MacBook Air” — a laptop model many have written off as a candidate for further development, and there may be some confusion here with the anticipated new MacBook Pro, which will almost certainly have at least one USB-C port.

Digitimes reports that Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are also upgrading one of their notebooks’ regular USB ports to Type-C, while Lenovo, Acer and Dell are still evaluating the option.

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Source: Digitimes

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