The new USB Type-C connector supports attractive features including low profile, high-speed data transport, orientation independence, sophisticated power management capability and high-charging current capability. The combined feature offering has increased the connector’s use for devices in mobile applications such as mobile phones and tablets, as well as, desktop products and consumer electronics.
Engineers who are designing the Type-C connector into their devices face new test challenges that require unique tools and techniques to address the many test parameters and evolving standards associated with the connectors’ expanded capabilities.
This article introduces the USB Type-C connector, the functionality it provides, and new tools and techniques to successfully address USB Type-C product validation.
The USB Type-C environment provides more functionality for data transmission and power options. (Figure 1.)The 24-pin connector can be rotated 180 degrees and still connect to like pins due to its symmetrical pin configuration, making it ‘orientation independent’ or easy to plug in any direction. A closer look at the USB Type-C connectors’ design and individual pins, will help to demonstrate the full potential of its capability as well as its complexity for the test.

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