Microsoft’s patents explain how devices with USB Type C could get thinner


Microsoft has a long history of creating new products category,
and the company has already patented some innovative projects,
like dual-screen and hinge tech for Andromeda.

A report earlier this month revealed that Microsoft will adopt
the USB-C tech again, and the future Surface lineup might soon
come with USB-C.

A new patent published on June, 21 suggests that the
Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft is working on devices with
USB Type C, and it will be thinner than the devices with
traditional USB output. This makes sense given that USB-C is
becoming a more widely-used standard, and interestingly,
Microsoft has improved the design of USB-C port in order to
make its devices thinner.

The patents titled “USB-C Plug
receptacle” and “Ultra-Thin USB-C
Connector” and explains how the devices with this new
UBS-C connector could get thinner.

This would be particularly useful in the case of the rumoured
Microsoft’s affordable Surface tablets which the company is
reportedly preparing for the summer launch.

The first patent explains that the USB housing may be adhered
to the device’s chassis using glue, epoxy, or other adhesive

Second patent of Surface
Image Courtesy: USPTO

“The housing includes first and second sidewalls and may
include first and second support members. The housing may be
directly attached to the chassis of a computing device and may
secure a USB-C plug. The tongue assembly includes a mid-plate.
The tongue assembly and mid-plate may reside between the first
and second sidewalls of the housing,” Microsoft explains in the
first patent application.

The second patent also explains how the devices with improved
USB-C connector would look thin.

Microsoft USB Patent
Image Courtesy: USPTO
Surface USB patent
Image Courtesy: USPTO

“The USB-C connector includes a single, seamless, continuous,
thin housing protecting a wire termination and contacts within
the housing. The housing has a uniform thickness along the
entire length of the housing. The housing may provide strain
relief to the cable and an aesthetically pleasing USB-C
connector. The connector may include an overmold residing
inside the housing and over the wire termination and
contacts,” the company explains in the patent filing.

It’s worth noting that this is just a patent, and there is no
guarantee that Microsoft is working on a device with the
aforementioned technology.

Needless to say, USB-C is supposed to be the next big thing for
tablets and notebooks. Microsoft’s rumoured Surface tablet is
said to feature USB-C, which is excellent news for everyone.

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