08 September 2022

The USB cable is one of the most popular wired connection standards used in electronics. For almost 20 years, it has evolved to provide users with the highest quality data transmission. The latest type of USB Type-C connector came to market in 2014, and today it is already widely used in most commercially available electronic devices. However, this is not the end of the improvements to this interface. Thanks to the E-mark chip, the latest USB-C cables allow for rapid charging of your equipment and accessories. 

Laptop with USB-C connector and white cable

How do USB-C cables differ from the previous version?

The connectors of the USB Type-C cable are a tad larger than the familiar micro USB Type-B connector, which until recently was used in most devices available on the market. A huge advantage of the latest version of the USB connector is that its shape is perfectly symmetrical. This means that the plug also works correctly when rotated by 180 degrees. This is a major convenience for users of electronic equipment. This shape makes the plug much more resistant to damage caused by incorrect insertion into the socket. This is a huge advantage over the micro USB connector. What's more, the USB-C standard also offers many other advantages. Its data transfer is 10 times faster than the previous generation of USB. And the charging power that can be achieved is 50% greater than with micro USB cables.

Graphic with USB-C connector and its dimensions

Universal USB-C cable

The rapid development of technology has forced mobile phone manufacturers to use modern solutions. One of the use of a USB type C port. We found it not only in small mobile devices such as smartphones, but also in laptops. These powerful computing machines need a lot of energy, so charging with a standard micro USB connector would not work. For this purpose, a new generation of USB Type C cables with an identification module has been developed. We call such a cable active. It has a built-in E-mark chip, which intelligently recognises the technical capabilities of the device. This is essential for maximum data transfer speeds and for fast charging of devices. In this way, the voltage and current flowing in the cable is individually selected to the connected device.

Graphic with USB-C plug with E-mark chip

What is E-mark technology?

E-mark stands for Electronically Marked. In simplest terms, it is a chip that acts as a controller for a particular protocol. Its purpose is to match the appropriate power supply parameters to the connected device. This technology is usually found in parallel with Power Delivery. USB-C cables equipped with the E-mark chip allow the cable in question to be used to its maximum potential, thus charging equipment with 100 W. This enables charging times to be reduced to a minimum. As a result, you can charge your phone up to several tens of per cent in just 30 minutes. Also, worth mentioning here is the high data transmission speed of up to 10 Gbps.

Smartphone with USB-C socket and white cable

E-mark chip, or fast charging with 100 W

Need a good USB-C fast-charging cable that will power both your smartphone and your portable computer at the same time? The USB-C cable with E-mark is the perfect solution for you. These cables have been created with a load of more than 3 A in mind. Depending on the version of the chip, we can find three versions of the cables. Those that can achieve data transfer speeds of 10 Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 2), 5 Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1), as well as those that only support 480 Mbps (USB 2.0). Each has two variants - one with 60 W and the other with 100 W. The USB 2.0 variants are the most popular on the market, as buying a USB-C cable with E-mark is more about battery charging speed than data transfer. Importantly, cables from E-mark support Power Delivery technology, and this means you can charge your equipment at the highest standard available on the market. 

If you're looking for a smart USB-C cable or if you care about fast and trouble-free charging of your electronic devices, be sure to check out Akyga's brand offer. Our advisors will be happy to help you with your choice of electronic equipment or additional accessories. Feel free to contact us!