Mobiles to get Micro-USB connectors

usb.jpgThe USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has agreed a new USB standard for small electronics devices. The new Micro-USB that is standardised, miniaturised, and optimised for mobile use helps us in that important task. The Micro-USB offers innovative design and a flexible platform that our technical teams can easily take on board while working with new product designs.

The new design is in response to a growing number of phones and media players that are shrinking in size but still need connection technology. It is expected to replace the current Mini-USB standard.

Handset giant Nokia welcomed the news. “Nokia always strives for great user experience,” said Jouko Junkkari, a director within Nokia Technology Platforms.

The new design also differs from standard USB in that the connector is much more robust. It will be made with a stainless steel shell designed to withstand more than 10,000 insertions.

“As phones, PDAs and cameras get smaller and more compact, manufacturers need a new USB connector specification to suit the design of these new products,” said Jeff Ravencraft, chairman and president of the USB-IF.

Micro-USB will also support the USB On-The-Go standard, which allows devices to link via USB without involving a PC.

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