USB Type-C and Power Delivery – Getting Started

What is USB Type-C?

USB Type-C is the latest standard. It enables reversible plug orientation and cable direction while leveraging small form factor connectors. Power capabilities have been extended up to 15W thanks to new provisions allowing the source to dynamically manage current from 0.5A to 3.0A. Data speeds have been increased to 10Gbps. Beyond that, USB3.1 Power Delivery support enables negotiable power up to 100W. Additional capabilities such as Alternate Modes, Display Port and backward compatibility lift USB Type-C to the next level.

Advantages of USB Type-C include:

  • Reversible plug orientation and cable direction: Improving users experience
  • Increased current capabilities: Up to 15W or 3A of power eliminating the need for external power
  • Enhanced data capabilities: USB 3.1 up to 10 Gbps to help gets things done more quickly
  • Power Delivery (PD) support: allowing every port to be your power, data or video port

Evolution of USB data

Learn how USB data is evolving with the addition of USB Type-C solutions/offerings available today

Data Rate
Power Delivery
USB 2.0 & Standard Type-C USB 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 Up to 480 Mbps Up to 15W Mobile Phones
Automotive convenience ports
USB 3.x & Standard Type-C USB 3.0, 3.1 5 Gbps or 10 Gbps Up to 15W TVsLaptops, Monitors, Set-top boxesWorkstations
Mass Storage
Expansion Ports
USB 3.x Type-C & PD Power, Data, Video USB Type-C Alternate mode Up to 10 Gbps Up to 100W Docks, SmartphonesTabletsLaptopsMonitors, Dongles
Primary Port

What is USB Power Delivery?

USB Power Delivery is a single-wire protocol leveraging new USB-C standard & cable. USB Type-C ports can be either a Source, Sink or both. PD negotiation allows devices to create a contract to deliver the optimum power level for each application under the current battery conditions. This protocol expands USB to deliver up to 100W (20V, 5A) of power. Data role capabilities are also enhanced as the PD protocol is used to negotiate data & video capabilities and direction. USB-C ports can be Upstream Facing Ports (UFP) transmits as a USB Device, Downstream Facing Ports (DFP) transmits as a USB Host, or Dual Role Data Port (DRD) having capabilities of both UFP and DFP. Alternate mode enables guest protocols such as DisplayPort.

Advantages of USB Power Delivery include:

  • Flexible single wire protocol; Enabling enhanced power, data and video
  • Dynamic power negotiation: Allowing maximum battery life and performance
  • Up to 100W of power: Efficient and fast charging over USB
  • Alternate Mode Support: Bringing new paradigms to our connected world

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USB Type-C and USB PD ecosystem

USB Type-C and Power Delivery combine to bring a flexible and hassle-free experience to consumers.

usb type-c ecosystem diagram