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The LINDY Guide to USB 3.1


USB 3.1 is the new standard of USB connection technology. The USB 3.1 standard includes a  number of new features, most notably SuperSpeed+ or Gen2 data speed. SuperSpeed+ allows USB 3.1 to transfer data at a speed of 10 Gbps. This means USB 3.1 can transfer a year’s worth of music in just 10 minutes or a Full HD movie in just 30 seconds. The new standard also allows USB 3.1 to provide power delivery, alternate video mode and data transfer through a single cable.


At the same time as the new USB 3.1 standard, the new reversible Type C connector was also developed. This connector comes with many new features, the main benefit being that it is now reversible so no matter which orientation the cable is inserted, you will always find a connection. This new technology allows a fully bi-directional cable with automatic Host and Device negotiation.USB 3.1 Type C Reversible Connector


USB 3.1 and USB-C, though developed concurrently, are not the same thing. USB 3.1 is an upgrade over the older USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 technology. USB 3.1 allows faster data transfer in comparison to these two previous versions. USB 3.1 is a new USB technology whilst USB-C is a connector which facilitates this technology.


USB Type C cables support 20V 3A (60w) of power, however a new charging standard named PD (Power Delivery) has been released which can offer up to 100w (20V at 5A). New cables are required to take advantage of this technology and these use an embedded chip (e-marker) to manage power control, while still providing the SuperSpeed+ 10Gbps
data link and backwards compatibility.USB 3.1 Power Delivery

USB 3.1 Power Delivery provides different rules for supplying power. The rules are automatically recognized and negotiated between the host, cable, and device. These systems require the use of active cables to allow the devices to “communicate” which rule is suitable and protect against overload.

USB 3.1 power delivery is not only suitable for notebooks but also other professional devices with a power consumption of up to 100 watts. PD can be maintained even when the USB-C connection is being used for data transfer, video or Ethernet.


Provides up to 100W, 5Gbps USB data transfer rates, and the simultaneous transfer of 4K video and audio data.

By using the Type C connection USB 3.1 also allows an alternate mode for additional functionality. This allows features like DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL or Thunderbolt. Please note however that the Host and Device must both support the same alternate mode.

DisplayPort Alternate Mode supports resolutions up to Ultra HD 4K 3840 x 2160. Alongside Simultaneous 4K Video & 5Gbps transfer rates.

USB 3.1 Alternate Mode


USB 3.1 now supports up to 10Gbps speeds whilst remaining backwards compatible with the previous 5 Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 1 / USB 3.0) and 480Mbps (USB 2.0) standards. USB 3.1 Gen 2 also works with existing USB 3.0 connections thanks to the improved encoding method used to transmit data.

Type C has been designed in such a way it is able to operate with legacy connections via an adapter or converter cable. However not all features are available unless you use Type C on both ends.USB 3.1 Backwards Compatibility


The connector for USB-C is slightly smaller than previous USB standards and looks similar to a Micro-USB connector.

USB 3.1 Connector Types


Most new mobile phones, tablets and laptops are now supplied with a Type C port whether it’s for charging or data transfer. One big advantage is that you no longer have proprietary chargers and you can use one charger for all your devices. USB Type C was originally used on Notebooks and in the tablet phone market before filtering through to more mainstream devices.

USB 3.1 Devices


Thunderbolt is the connection and power delivery technology used by Apple to charge and deliver data to their products such as Macbooks and iMacs. USB-C is now the connector that is used with the latest Thunderbolt 3 technology. This allows Thunderbolt and USB-C to combine for an amazing 40Gbps of bandwidth. Thunderbolt 3 also uses the Type C port, however this port also offers additional functions that require specific Thunderbolt 3 Type C cables.

Using Thunderbolt 3 a single USB-C port can deliver power in both directions. So a port can charge a device or, alternatively, be charged by one. USB-C and Thunderbolt are capable of delivering up to 100 watts of power, so a single cable can be used to connect to a dock, or display, whilst your Apple device is charged simultaneously.

USB 3.1 & Thunderbolt

USB 3.1 CablesUSB 3.1 Adapters

USB 3.1 HubsUSB 3.1 Docking Station

USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapters

New 4K Adapter and Updated HDMI Adapter Connects Monitors Via USB 3.0

We now have two great ways to connect high-end monitors via a computer’s USB 3.0 port, without the hassle of adding a suitable internal graphics card.

The LINDY USB to 4K DisplayPort Adapter enables users to connect a 4K Ultra HD monitor by simply installing the driver and connecting the adapter to the computer using the supplied USB 3.0 Type A to Micro-B cable. Once installed the 4K monitor can be connected to the adapter using a normal DisplayPort cable. The adapter supports 4K resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 @30Hz and includes the ability to transfer audio from the computer to the monitor.

The LINDY USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter allows users to display Full HD 1080p video and graphics on their TV, monitor or projector via their computer’s USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port. Connected in a similar fashion as the 4K DisplayPort Adapter above, the converter supports resolutions up to 1920×1200, including 1080p. This latest adapter is a newer version of a previous model and is now available at a lower cost.

“While installing an internal graphics card into a computer is a relatively simple process, it’s not something everybody feels confident in doing, particularly when it’s just to connect a monitor temporarily,” says Andrew Ingram, Product Manager of LINDY Electronics. “Our new adapters allow users to connect the very latest high resolution monitors quickly and easily. They are ideal for laptop users that often challenged with different connection options everywhere they go, as well home users who just want to add another screen to their set-up.”

Both the LINDY adapters allow monitors to be used for primary, mirrored or extended desktop. They are bus powered and therefore require no addition power, have a compact design making them east to carry and store and are guaranteed for 2 years.

LINDY Gives Devices the Charge They Deserve

Devices that are hungry on power can make charging with a USB multi-plug frustrating since many won’t supply the current required if more than one device is connected. The end result is often the most demanding devices such as an iPad don’t actually charge, even when left overnight. LINDY’s latest travel adapter solves this issue by specifying the ports that supply the higher charge.

The LINDY USB Mains Travel Charger allows users to charge up to 4 devices with a combined maximum output of 5A at one time. When four devices are connected that require more than 1A, the device connected in the first USB port will take the maximum output it needs up to 2.5A, then the next, and so on. By connecting the devices that take the most charge in descending order, the LINDY charger ensures that all devices are charged and ready for use in as short amount of time as possible.

“It can be so frustrating on holiday to put your devices on charge before you go to bed, only to find in the morning that most of them are still showing the battery symbol in the red,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manager of LINDY Australia. “Our latest charger allows users to choose which devices get the maximum power, while replacing the need to take several different chargers on holiday, making more room in the suitcase for other essentials.”

Suitable for use with most USB powered devices including tablets, MP3 players, mobile phones etc, the LINDY USB Mains Travel Charger has over current, over voltage and short circuit protection and includes adapters for use in UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

LINDY Hub Turns Kitchen Table into Mobile Workspace

USB 2.0 OTG Hub

Connect four peripheral devices to your tablet or
smartphone without the need for a PC

OTG technology enables direct connection of peripherals to smartphone or tablet

We have recently launched a 4 Port USB 2.0 OTG Hub that makes it easy for users to connect USB peripherals to smartphones and tablets.

“Our latest hub can turn the kitchen table into a temporary work station in an instant and provide access to all those essential peripherals for a productive life work balance,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manager of LINDY Australia. “OTG, or on the go technology, allows for all kinds of extras such as a keyboard, mouse and card reader to be connected directly to your phone or tablet without the need of a PC.”

With 4 USB 2.0 ports and an integrated 13cm long cable with USB Micro-B connector, the hub enables data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbit/sec. It’s bus powered, enabling the hub to run directly from the smartphone or tablet. In addition, there is also a socket for an optional 5V DC 2.6A power supply that maybe required for power hungry peripherals such as webcams or external drives.

Reuse Old Laptop Drives with the LINDY USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter

According to the Step Initiative, in 2012 Australia generated 25.23kg of e-waste per inhabitant. Whilst electronics have a limited lifespan, there are often components that still have value to the user, even though the rest of the device may be destined for the recycle bin. The new LINDY USB 3.0 to SATA 3.0 Adapter, for example, allows for a laptop’s hard drive to be used long after the rest of the machine has become defunct.

The tool-less design allows the user to simply attach the SATA 3.0 adapter to the old hard drive and connect the other end to a computer’s USB port to continue using the hard drive without the need for dedicated drive housing. The adapter’s plug and play installation makes it ideal for accessing old files, saving back-ups or even just as an additional drive with speeds of up to 5Gbps.

“A USB to SATA Adapter is one of those peripherals that people don’t realise are so handy to have,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manger of LINDY Australia. “Whether you’re just trying to retrieve data from a sick machine, reuse hard drives out of old machines or clone a drive when upgrading, a USB to SATA Adapter is ideal.”

Compatible with USB 3.0 equipped PCs and Macs, the adapter is suitable for 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA III HDDs/SSDs and 5.25″ ODD drives. The adapter also includes a multi-country power supply for power hungry 3.5 disks. The LINDY SATA/Micro SATA Adapter should be used for drives that require 3.3V.

More details here…

LINDY Retractable USB to Lightning Cable Untangles Apple Users

Compact design makes carrying a cable to charge, sync or transfer data easy

A handy, in-your-pocket gizmo for Apple lovers everywhere, the new LINDY Retractable USB to Lightning Cable enables users to easily connect their iPhone, iPad or iPod to a PC or Mac anywhere they go.

Ideal for syncing an iTunes account, transferring data or just delivering a quick charge, the cable’s compact design puts an end to crushed wires at the bottom of a handbag or trying to extract the right one from a crow’s nest of leads from the front pocket of a messenger bag.

“Carrying cables around is a bane in most people’s lives. During transportation they become tangled, bent and generally stressed and not surprisingly don’t last very long before something snaps,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manager of LINDY Australia. “Retractable cables don’t just eliminate the snarling mess in your work bag, they’re also really easy to slip into your pocket when you’re travelling light.”

In addition, the retractable cable’s excellent strain relief capabilities ensures that despite the ratchet mechanism that allows users to set the cable length required and release it back into the housing they can always be certain of a stress free connection.

Officially licensed by Apple as part of their MFi programme the retractable cable extends up to 1m in length and is guaranteed for 2 years.

LINDY USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter For The Connection That Just Keeps On Going

It’s been around since the late 80s, but VGA still shows no sign of disappearing

VGA connections might not be as common today as a few years ago, but there are enough old style monitors still hard at work in offices up and down the country to make the new USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter from LINDY Electronics an essential part of any road warrior’s connection kit.

Unlike previous adapters that carried out the processing inside the device, acting as an external graphics card, the LINDY USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter uses the computer’s processer to create the conversion. This not only makes it much more compact than before, but less expensive too.

Bus powered, all it needs to work is for the driver to be installed on the notebook and the adapter connected, making it a simple solution to unpredictable monitor connection situations and an easier alternative to installing a graphic card when a more permanent connection to a VGA screen is required.

“Despite the predicted demise of VGA as it is gradually replaced by HDMI and DisplayPort connections, there is still a vast number of screens in use that have VGA connection,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manager of LINDY Australia. “Whilst notebooks and ultrabooks have dropped the VGA connection, other newer products such as Intel’s half NUC has a VGA port. Whether it will eventually be manufactured with one is probably debatable, but the fact that it’s included at the moment shows the significant number of people that still use VGA.”

The LINDY USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter enables screens to be used as primary, mirrored or extended desktop, enabling a more flexible and productive work environment. Compatible with Windows 7 and 8, the adapter requires an Intel i series 3rd Generation (or higher) processor and supports resolutions up to 1080p.

LINDY Wireless Extender Makes Watching TV in Another Room Easy

No compression or perceptible latency it’s just like using a cable, only easier to install.

We recently released the latest version of our Wireless HDMI Extender that enables users to watch full high definition transmissions on a display up to 20m away from the source without the need for long cable runs.

Comprising of a wall mountable transmitter and receiver that can be managed via the included IR remote control, the LINDY Wireless HDMI Extender takes just minutes to set up. Its simple plug and play operation means there is no configuration, tuning or adjustment required, the user just needs to connect the equipment and boot it up.

Capable of switching between two different HDMI sources such as a PS4 and blu ray player, the transmitter sends the uncompressed HDMI signal from the selected output via the local HDMI output and the wireless output simultaneously. This allows for the source to be viewed in the room where the transmitter is based and on another display connected to the wireless receiver up to 20m away.

“Long cable runs aren’t always practical in home situations, particularly if you’re in rented accommodation and don’t want to be doing a bit of DIY, but do want to watch Big Brother in the kitchen,” says Tony Jamieson, General Manager of LINDY Australia. “Using wireless to extend the HDMI signal offers a fast and easy alternative to watch a movie or stay up to date with your favourite soap in another room.”

The LINDY Wireless HDMI Extender provides full support for HD 1080p, HDCP, multi-channel audio and IR remote control. Additional flexibility can be achieved by using LINDY’s range of HDMI switchers, splitters and matrix switches, and by using additional transmitters and receivers. As with all wireless signals, achieving the full 20m distance is dependable on construction materials between walls and floors.

LINDY Adds A Touch of Style to Home Entertainment

Delivers flawless performance

Delivers flawless performance

Our new range of coordinated cables under the CROMO® brand to add a touch of flair to home entertainment installations. Combining stylish design with high quality materials, the CROMO range features gold plated connectors and chrome hoods for better conductivity and resistance to corrosion and tarnishing, ensuring hassle free operation under all conditions.

Comprising of a mixture of USB, DisplayPort and HDMI cables and adapters, the range covers the multitude of different connections required for the average home entertainment set-up today and overcomes some of the problems with space restrictions. CROMO’s selection of super thin, flexible HDMI cables are ideal for awkward connections and weighing approximately 80% less than standard CROMO HDMI cables they also reduce the drag that often leads to cables pulling out of their ports.

The typical living room now houses a mixture of computing and audio visual equipment and whilst manufacturers have concentrated on making the hardware look more attractive, little attention has been paid to the cables that connect them. The CROMO range isn’t just about high quality materials that make reliable connections, but providing a stylish alternative to everyday cables that complements the refinement of today’s home entertainment installations.

Developed to ensure maximum quality, performance and reliability, all cables are guaranteed for 10 years. CROMO High Speed HDMI cables not only support 3D signals and resolutions up to 1080p, they are future proof to meet the demands of 4K2K too.

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USB, HDMI, & DisplayPort cables available

USB, HDMI, & DisplayPort cables available

LINDY DisplayPort to HDMI Splitter

LINDY DisplayPort to HDMI Splitter Duplicates and Expands Images

We announced today a splitter that turns a DisplayPort connection into 2 HDMI ports capable of duplicating the video output over one or two HDMI equipped displays and even expanding an image over two screens. Ideal for training, presentation and advertising environments, its ability to support resolutions up to 3840×1200 in expander mode makes it great for gaming too.

The LINDY DisplayPort to 2 HDMI Ports Splitter with Expanderview is extremely easy to use. Its plug and play operation means that the user simply needs to connect the splitter to the DisplayPort source, such as a computer, using the cable provided and then attach the monitors or projectors using HDMI cables.

“Whilst DisplayPort delivers unrivalled support for multiple displays, it’s a very common situation that the only screens available to users just have HDMI connections,” says Andrew Ingram, Product Manager of LINDY UK. “Our latest splitter enables users to take advantage of displaying and expanding images over two screens, even when they only have an HDMI connection.”

The splitter can deliver signals to displays placed up to 5m away using bus power alone, but LINDY recommends using an external power supply unit to achieve distances of up to 10m.