There has been a lot of press lately about the potential dangers of using uncertified USB-C cables. Amazon, who rarely gets involved with policing technology issues, has even made moves to stop sales of non-compliant cables. But unfortunately there have been few fully USB-IF certified cables to choose from.
As a leader in higher-end USB devices like USB laptop docking stations and USB test equipment, we get to test a lot of cables. We wanted to provide consumers a top quality USB-IF certified cable from a trusted supplier. Standards-compliance is especially important with the complexity of USB-C cables (including potentially mixed voltages) and the much higher current available per the USB 3.1 spec.
Today we’re proud to announce the Plugable USBC-C100 cable with full USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum, Inc.) certification (Test ID: 5,210,000,089). USB-IF certified products have passed rigorous testing to ensure that they comply with specifications and perform as advertised. Achieving certification requires higher-grade materials and manufacturing processes to ensure the best possible data integrity, performance, and production consistency which may be lacking in cheaper commodity cables.
USB-C cables are especially hard to manufacture due to the large number of data and power lines inside. USB-C connectors are roughly half the size of USB 3.0 and are equipped with 24 pins (where previously USB 3.0 only had 9). USB-C cables can also use various methods for telling the host system and/or device how much power they support and if they support USB-C alternate modes like DisplayPort video. Our cable is electronically marked with an internal IC to assist in this process making this an active cable vs common passive, resistor based solutions.
The USBC-C100 cable is a truly universal USB-C cable for use with USB-C computers, phones, tablets, chargers, docking stations, accessories, and more supporting up to 10Gbps data transfers and up to 60 watt charging via the USB Power Delivery specification. This cable is 3 feet (one meter) in length, which is longer than many cables you’ll find bundled with devices, providing greater distance while keeping higher signal integrity.
This cable is shipping now in the USA (from Amazon.com intially, followed by Newegg, eBay, and Jet), and will be available within a week in Germany, France, Spain, Canada, Japan, and the UK. Also to other countries Europe via orders from Amazon.co.uk. Distributors are able to request the cable through Ingram Micro in the USA.