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New reversible USB connectors will carry audio and video, too

We've told you all about the upcoming USB cable's high-powered abilities, but now audio and video have joined the mix. Working alongside the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has leveraged a Display Port "Alt Mode" to sort full audio/video on monitors with resolutions of 4K and above with the Type-C tech. What's more, with the help of an adapter or converter cable, the new standard can be made to play nice with regular Display Port, HDMI, DVI and VGA jacks on existing displays. To wrangle video and sound, the alternate mode leverages a couple of the Type-C connector's so-called Super Speed lanes to deliver the goods to that external monitor -- leaving the others to data transfers alongside that 100 watts of power. Of course, Display Port tech has been available in Thunderbolt cables/jacks for some time, but the new USB kit looks to be "a single-cable solution" that's sure to clean up that mess of wires under your desk.

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