New USB-C Audio Spec The Primary Solution


USB-C Audio Spec

We are all very used to the 3.5mm audio jack in our phones, but it might not be there for long. I know it’s hard to imagine your phones without the round port to insert your headphones to lie back and enjoy some music. People are not always receptive to change, that does not imply that change is bad. Given the right amount of time, everyone will come around to the new technology. They will come to appreciate its numerous benefits.

The Primary Solution

USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the support organization for the advancement and adoption of USB technology, announced the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification to establish USB Audio over USB-C as the primary solution for all digital audio applications. This includes headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming set-ups and VR solutions.

This will allow the device manufacturers to use a single port to deliver audio, video and power via a single port more efficiently rather than using numerous ports.

“USB is the simplest and most pervasive connector available today, making USB Type-C the logical choice for the future of digital audio,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “We encourage companies interested in adopting USB specifications to take advantage of USB-IF resources to reduce time-to-market and deliver reliable USB products.”

USB connected headphones would be able to provide robust audio support. Along with the possibility of built-in Digital to Analog Convertors (DACs), as well as noise cancellation. USB sound specifications from the Implementers Forum will also reduce power consumption. This  provides much better battery life and paves the way to bring in features like hot-word detection and a wide range of voice controls.

Adoption By Leading Brands

Most leading brands have already upgraded their phones to the latest operating systems. In order to provide something new to the loyal customers, they make design changes, such as changing the screen sizes and making the phones slimmer. By removing the conventional audio jack, it provides them with the opportunity to make the phones much slimmer. It also makes the task of making phones water proof much easier.

This latest technology has a lot of pros. Some leading brands which include Apple, Motorola, and Intel are ready to adopt it. The latest iPhone has implemented this technology. There are still some companies that refuse to switch to this technology for now. Samsung still believes in the rounded audio jack port and are sticking with it.

Other companies are still assessing the situation and are yet to announce the technology they are going with.

Author: -Ali Vaqar. A budding engineer, wanting so much from life and making each day count.
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