Saturday October 01, 2016

USB-IF Publishes Audio Over USB Type-C Specifications

The USB Implementers Forum has introduced a new standard for delivering audio over USB Type-C. This is part of the initiative to kill the 3.5mm analog audio jack, allowing OEMs to shave up to a millimeter off product designs and reduce the number of connectors on a device.

The industry, led by Intel and some other companies, has been mulling about replacing the traditional 3.5mm mini-jack connector for some time now. The main motives for replacement were necessity to simplify internal architecture of devices by removing analog and some audio processing components from the inside (which leads to further miniaturization), minimize the number of external connectors, improve power management as well as to add smart features to headsets and other audio equipment.