MinibeaMitsumi has unveiled the industry’s first dustproof and waterproof USB Type-C connector that is certified for Thunderbolt 3 speeds. The connector can be used for a variety of applications that require high bandwidth and high reliability in harsh environments.

The MinibeaMitsumi CAM-L41-series connector is is formally IP68-certified, and uses a proprietary waterproof structure that allows it to operate for 30 minutes while submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water. The connector has been certified for Thunderbolt 3 technology and all of its features, including a 40 Gbps data transfer rate, and power delivery. The company expects to eventually gain certification for the USB4 specification too.

There are numerous applications nowadays, including those in harsh environments, that use USB-C connectors. Examples include industrial, rugged PCs, wearables, medical devices, automotive infotainment, various home appliances, and outdoor displays, just to name a few. A number of companies have released IP68 and even IP69K USB-C connectors for such applications, but all of them are only certified for 5 Gbps or 10 Gbps operation. By contrast, the CAM-L41 was certified for 40 Gbps data rate and will appeal to applications that require high bandwidth in severe environments.

The new connectors are now available from MinibeaMitsumi.

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Source: MinibeaMitsumi (via PC Watch)

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  • Spunjji - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    2020 - 1987 = 33
    Modified for the HStewart Factor = "over 40"
    Seems legit
  • azazel1024 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    You are right. I can't wait for the day that my phone has as much or more processing power than my tablet or laptop. I'll just plug it in to it's hub and carry it and the hub around all day long when I need a larger screen, keyboard and touchpad on the go.

  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    I get where you're going with that, but docking stations for laptops use a similar principal. However, the expectation is that the dock and connected peripherals will remain stationary and are instead duplicated at multiple locations (office desk, conference room, home office for telework, etc.) and doing so with a phone as the core computing device would be basically similar. I would argue that contemporary phones, even low-end models, are adequate from a processor power standpoint for most office work and are fine for some entertainment uses as well. Attempts to build docking support for phones have stayed on the fringes of mobile technology, but I think phones as docked computer replacements may ultimately become mainstream.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - link

    The problem with that arrangement is you then lose access to your phone as an independent device. Call comes through? You'd better have a headset. Need to take it outside? Better have a headset with excellent range.

    We've already condensed a lot of devices into our phones - at some point further consolidation removes utility, rather than adding it.
  • qlum - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    Meanwhile usb 2.0 even over usb-c is still a thing on phones.
  • HStewart - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    But will USB 2.0 connector work submerge in water and run at 40Gps
  • ArmedandDangerous - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    USB 2 isn't a physical standard. What he's saying is that a lot of phones although its physical port is Type-C, only transfer at USB 2.0 speeds.
  • Valantar - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    Considering that the vast majority of phones are _never_ connected to anything through USB for data transfer, this isn't much of an issue. Sure, it would be nice if they all moved to at least 3.0, but it's not that big of a deal, and if it helps keep costs down that's fine.
  • valinor89 - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    As long as it has usb-c connector I am happy. It is very seldom that I need to transfer huge ammounts of files over USB.

    The improved ease of use and reliability of usb-c is worth it even if the device is only capable of using the usb2 speeds.

    I hope more cheap (and not) gadgets switch to usb-c conector. Non reversible usb needs to die.
  • Dragonstongue - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    so long as that reversible works and is "as durable" as "tried and true" non reversible makes sense to me, unfortunately, it seems the "new style" has many issues with connectivity as well as "durable" (looking at Apple) the connected not connected crap sucks with reversible ones, I myself do not mind fiddling to line the connector up...takes all of about 5 seconds with a quick glance, and seems to seat itself more sturdy like as well.

    reversible, not so much

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