Plugable’s Line of USB-C Products

Plugable's Gigabit Ethernet adapter plus 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub combo, Flash Memory Card Reader, Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and Passive USB-C Male to USB 3.0 Female cable

From top to bottom: Plugable’s Gigabit Ethernet adapter plus 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub combo, Flash Memory Card Reader, Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and Passive USB-C Male to USB 3.0 Female cable

With the announcement of the USB Type-C connector last year, everything changed.

A reversible, universal, multi-mode, charging, up to 10Gb/s data cable? Yes please! This blows any other connection standard out of the water. You can imagine a utopian future where all computers have standardized on USB type-C ports.

In recent months, we’re finally starting to see devices coming out with this new connector. On the leading edge so far are the Apple MacBook Retina 12″ 2015 and the Google Chromebook Pixel [2] 2015. The MacBook specifically only has a single USB-C port, which in the current non-utopian world means most of your current accessories become instantly obsolete. That’s where we come in.

We are excited to show off our new hub, card reader, and Ethernet adapters that all connect directly to your USB-C laptop or tablet. They all work with either the new Macbook or Chromebook Pixel. All three are based on our current USB 3.0 offerings, so compatibility is already well tested and understood. The first manufacturing batch is still in progress, but these will be on the market very soon.

The USB-C to female A cable is a new type of product. Through this cable, you can plug basically any USB device you own into your new USB-C equipped laptop. There are no active adapters involved here, and the cable is nice and short, so there shouldn’t be any signal interference or timing issues associated with active cables. Just a clean, well shielded, straight-through cable that allows you do adapt any USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 device you already own to that new laptop or tablet.

We fully intend to dive headfirst into the USB-C marketplace, so there will be much more to come. But for now, we are thrilled to reveal these first offerings. If you have any questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

9 comments on “Plugable’s Line of USB-C Products”

  1. Joshua Henry Reply

    USB-C to HDMI / DisplayPort at 60Hz is possible but it is highly dependent on the host system. The Google Chromebook Pixel [2] 2015 has USB-C to both HDMI and DP adapters available that are capable of 4K at 60Hz.

  2. AngryC Reply

    Are you planning a hub which can power the macbook 12 (and in addition provide hdmi and usb2 connections)?

    • Sam Morgan Reply

      Thanks for the question!

      The product you describe would actually be a power delivery pass-through docking station. We are looking in to products like this.

  3. networkroundtable Reply

    Will the USB-C hub be able to “mux” the ports to make full usage of the doubled bandwidth – or will it drop the host port down to 5Gbps?

    • Sam Morgan Reply

      These are USB 3.1 Generation 1 devices, so are limited to 5Gb/s.

  4. Jc Reply

    Is usb teaming a thing? Also, Very interested In a type c version of ud3900. Will buy without question.

    • Bernie Thompson Reply

      Hi JC – We don’t have any dates to announce yet, but we will be launching a USB-C dock this fall. Thanks for the kind words!

  5. Benjamin Hu Reply

    IMHO a power pass through is absolutely essential since Apple stupidly put only a single port on the new MacBook. If you plug in an external USB drive to do any serious work, it’ll hasten battery drain and there will be no way to continue working without unmounting all external drives and devices before you can plug in the charger and then have to wait hours for the battery to charge. The expense of the extra USB C connector to allow pass through charging is absolutely justified in giving users a truly useful and essential peripheral for the new MacBook.

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