The USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF) today announced the completion of the Micro-USB specification, a new connector technology that will replace many of the Mini-series plugs and receptacles currently used in portable products. This USB-IF connector specification was developed to support the growing miniaturization trend for portable devices, as well as the continued adoption of USB in mobile phones.
â€œAs portable devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras get smaller and more compact, manufacturers recognized the need for a new USB connector specification to suit the design of these new products,â€ said Jeff Ravencraft, chairman and president of the USB-IF. â€œUSB-IF developed the Micro-USB specification to adapt to sleek new design needs.â€
The Micro-USB specification supports the USB On-The-Go (OTG) supplement, which was created in response to the growing need for portable devices to communicate directly with each other when a PC is not available. Micro-series definitions include: Micro-B receptacles for standard devices, Micro-AB receptacles for OTG devices, Micro-A and Micro-B plugs, and standard cables. The Micro-series are unique in that they feature a stainless steel shell, which yields more than 10,000 insertion cycles for longer life and higher durability, and passive latching mechanism for higher extraction forces. The Micro-series connectors will continue to maintain the ease-of-use and speed of the USB technology.
"Nokia always strives for great user experience. The new micro-USB that is standardized, miniaturized, and optimized 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," said Jouko Junkkari, Director within Nokia Technology Platforms.
Source: Business Wire
Via: Phone Scoop
I just have one question: Can we use this smaller USB port to charge our phones?