Although PrimeArray systems is an
expert and have made devices with lots of various connectors throughout the
years such as SCSI 1 SCSI 2 SCSI 3, E-SATA - Firewire. Our go to for now and
has been the most flexible is our USB connected devices. We couldn't be happier
with the boss connector that is widely accepted everywhere!
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Like all technology, USB has
evolved over time. Despite being a "Universal" Serial Bus, in its
18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different
connection speeds and many, many types of cables.
Most computers and electronic devices have some form
of USB connection, and many devices also come packaged with a USB cable. How
many devices do you think actually included as SCSI 3 hos controller?
Imagine the complexities we would face if each
electronic device we purchase required different type of power outlet
connection. It is so good to have the standard.
PrimeArrays direct attached devices are mainly USB 3.X
which also support connecting previous versions of USB like the USB 2.0.
Typically USB 3.0 is colored blue connector but is backwards compatible.
Here's everything you need to know about the USB
standard, including how to identify various USB cable types and what they do.
Common USB Cable Types and Their Uses
USB is supposedly universal, but there are so many
different types of USB cables and connections. PrimeArray believes that each
serve different functions, mainly to preserve compatibility and support new
Here are the six most common types of USB cables and
connectors which PrimeArray uses:
Type-A: The standard flat, rectangular interface that
you find on one end of nearly every USB cable. Most computers have multiple
USB-A ports for connecting peripherals. You'll find them on game consoles, TVs,
and other devices too. This cable only inserts in one way.
Type-B: An almost-square connector, mostly used for
printers and other powered devices that connect to a computer. They're not very
common these days, as most devices have moved onto a smaller connection.
Mini-USB: A smaller connector type that was standard
for mobile devices a while back. While not that common today, you'll still see
these on some devices, which are mostly from Sony. These include cameras, the
PlayStation 3 controller, MP3 players, and similar.
Micro-USB: Another past standard, slowly declining in
popularity, for mobile and portable devices. It's even smaller than mini-USB.
While you'll still find micro-USB on some smartphones, tablets, USB battery
packs, and game controllers, many have moved onto USB-C.
Type-C: This is the newest type of USB cable. It's a
reversible connection that packs higher transfer rates and more power than
previous USB types. It's also capable of juggling multiple functions. You'll
see it on many modern laptops and smartphones, including MacBooks, Pixel
phones, and controllers for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X. We discuss
USB-C more below.
USB Speed Standards
From our PrimeArray think that, USB has also gone
through multiple standards of varying data transfer speeds. The cable's
connector doesn't necessarily mean that it uses a certain standard.