What is the difference between Type-A and Type-C USB?

Type-A USB was designed as a connector for connecting peripheral devices, with low power consumption, such as keyboards or mice. Over recent years it has been adopted as a phone/tablet charging connector, but that is limited to 12W, at best, and more frequently only 5W. Type-C USB has been designed with virtually all mobile devices in mind, as a power and data connector. It was designed to allow up to 60W charging with standard USB cables, but with specialised cables, the Type-C connector has been future-proofed to allow up to 100W, where the supply allows. And where the Type-A USB was polarised and could only be inserted in one way (leading to the well-known phenomenon of having to “plugin 3 times”) the Type-C connector is bidirectional, so you can plug into it either way around. But in this regard ANIMATE is unique, having a patented bi-directional Type-A USB connector. So for OE TUF modules, both Type-A and Type-C, you can “plugin first time, every time”.

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