Patriot announced a new dual-sided USB flash drive. The flash drive features a USB Type-C connector on one side, while the opposing side features a USB Type-A connector utilizing the USB 3.0 standard. The flash drive will be available in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities when it is released this June.
Although this is just a flash drive, it is important to see that Type-C devices are starting to come to the market. In recent months, we have seen several companies working to adopt the new USB 3.1 standard and the new USB Type-C connector into their products.
In addition to the new motherboards, Apple has added a USB Type-C connector to its latest MacBook, Google outfitted its new Chromebook Pixel with a pair of them, and Microsoft has added support for the new USB standard into Windows 10. Although we have not seen any phones or tablets yet featuring the USB Type-C connector, the MHL Consortium has declared that the latest MHL standard supports the Type-C connector as well.
These new products show the support for the new Type-C connector, but having a Type-C connection is of little use without compatible accessories. This flash drive is important because it's another sign that the new USB Type-C connector is getting greater traction and is increasingly spreading throughout the market.