USB Type-C Report - 2018

November 30, 2017  | Subscribers Only

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The USB Type-C revolution: The USB Type-C market witnessed varying level of adoption across product segments in last two years.

This third edition of the topical report on the USB Type-C market from IHS Markit provides an update of the recent developments within the wired interface technology market and specifically tracks the adoption of USB Type-C connectors for each of the 30 product devices across four industry segments as categorized below.

USB (Universal Serial Bus) has been a popular wired interface standard for short-distance data transfer technology since its introduction in the mid-1990s. It first gained traction in personal computers and their peripherals and soon encompassed a wide range of consumer electronic devices, wireless devices and automotive applications. Over the years, the USB connector types evolved and the supported data rate increased exponentially.

The introduction of USB Type-C connector unveiled an essential change in the wired interface technology market. A key feature is its smaller size form-factor and reversibility compared with traditional USB Type-A and USB Type-B connectors. USB Type-C connectors also have higher data rate capabilities, it supports simultaneous high power delivery function and they are compactable with other wired interface standards through various Alternate Modes (Alt-Mode).

This 2018 edition of topical report is accompanied by an Excel database containing over 60 tables showing historic data for 2015, base-year estimates for the 2016 and five-year annual forecasts from 2017 through 2021. This report also provides a broad overview of the USB Type-C connector and overall semiconductor market, in terms of revenue, across four product segments.

To provide a wider view of this technology market, IHS Markit has assessed and analyzed the following latest version of USBs as well as various other wired interface protocols:

  • USB Performance (3.0, 3.1, 3.2)
  • USB Power Delivery (PD 2.0, PD 3.0)
  • USB Alternate Mode capabilities, including:
    • DisplayPort
    • HDMI
    • MHL
    • Thunderbolt
    • USB Audio over USB Type-C. 


As mentioned above, this report looks at the annual attach rate of USB Type-C connector for 30 devices within four broad product segments as categorized below. Unit-shipment estimates and forecasts are provided for each of the following device markets.

Computing segment (PC)

·         Mobile PCs (laptops, notebooks, netbooks)

·         Desktop PCs

·         Tablet PCs (includes 2-in-1 detachable PCs)

·         LCD PC monitors

·         Business projectors

·         External hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD/SDD)

·         Mobile PC docking stations

·         USB discrete adapters and hubs for PCs

·         USB flash drives

·         Battery chargers for mobile PCs

Consumer electronics segment (CE)

  • Television sets (TVs)
  • DVD and Blu-ray players
  • DVD and Blu-ray recorders
  • Set-top boxes (includes Digital pay TV, Over-the-top, Free-To-Air)
  • Home theater projectors
  • Audio-Video (A/V) receivers
  • Video games (consoles and handheld)
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video cameras (includes camcorders and action  cameras)
  • Portable media players/MP3
  • Virtual Reality (VR) headset
  • Soundbars (newly added in this edition)
  • Consumer drones (newly added in this edition)

Wireless segment (WL)

  • Mobile phones
  • Media tablets
  • Battery chargers for mobile communications, includes multi chargers
  • USB discrete adapter & hub for mobile phones/ tablets
  • Mobile phone/ tablet docking stations
  • Powerbanks (newly added, our preliminary estimates are included in this report edition)

Automotive segment (AU)

  1. Automobiles


Please feel free to contact us if you need further information or access to the sample output tables.

Dinesh Kithany

Lead Industry Analyst, Wireless Power & Power Supply, IHS Markit

Dinesh Kithany is a senior principal analyst working in Smart Building, Home and Cities Technology team at IHS Markit in the UK.

Noman Akhtar

Analyst, Smart Cities

Noman Akhtar has a deep technical knowledge of components building up the smart city platform. As the lead analyst for smart cities at IHS Markit, Noman supervises the Smart City IoT Intelligence Service. He has developed a comprehensive understanding of multiple smart city verticals by regions and project partners.

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