Infographic Explains the Two Major USB Connection Types

Micro USB vs. Mini USB
Power and data simultaneously capable through the oft overlooked connection device

USB connectors are now simply a part of many of our daily lives. We likely do not even think of them unless they are broken. Meanwhile, the capability of the USB has transformed how we are able to interact with electronic and mobile devices. The USB connector simplified general connectivity of devices, but there are two types, and each has its specific purpose. That is why MonoPrice created an infographic that explains the two main types of USB: The mini and the micro.

The innovation of the USB is important because the connectors can carry data and power in a single connection.

In 2000, the standardized parts of the USB 2.0 came about, with the USB Implementers Forum standardized the Micro USB in 2007. Mini-USBs had a short shelf-life at the start, with only about 1,000 lifetime insertion totals. They now handle around five times that amount. Micro-USB connector is able to near ten times that amount.

Both the micro and mini can come in separate forms, with each consisting of five metal exposed prongs to connect to the female end of the device they are attacked to. The standards of the USB is maintained by the Universal Serial Bus specification quality standards created by Intel, Compaq, Microsoft, NEC, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, and Nortel. The USB standard consists of 5 volts that hold a direct current.

There are four specific speeds the USB can allow. The lowest speed consists of a 1.5 Mbps capability, while a full-speed USB allows up to 12 Mbps. The high-speed manifestation bring 5 Gbps, but even that pales in comparison to the Super-Speed USB, which allows for 10 Gbps.

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