Intel supported the rejection of a 3.5 mm headphone Jack in favor of a USB-C

If Apple plans to abandon the 3.5 mm headphone Jack in favor of Lightning interface only upset fans of the future iPhone 7, Intel initiative should alert the owners of mobile devices of most brands. The American chip maker supported the idea of the company from Cupertino to abolish analog audio in favor of the new digital standards.

The company is developing Protocol USB C Digital Audio, which will give manufacturers the opportunity to equip headphones digital amplifiers and other modules to improve the sound quality.

Standard connector for headphones was commissioned in the 60-ies of the last century and gives manufacturers a lot of inconvenience. Firstly, nests need enough space inside the gadget. Second, the analog rail generates interference affecting the operation of neighboring electronic components. In addition, digital sound control could significantly improve the usability of compatible headphones if you replace a 3.5-inch connector USB-C port, says Intel.

The latter allows you not only to charge the battery of the mobile device or transmit information, but also to connect your smartphone to a monitor or TV for watching videos. Sound in digital form is much easier to manage: you can apply various acoustic effects, and control volume and playback, to apply the technology of active noise cancellation. Intel claim that the level of power transfer headphone to USB connector-C essential influence will not render.

According to rumors, Apple intends to abandon the 3.5 mm headphone Jack in favor of Lightning-interface in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This decision has caused the protest of users who demanded to keep the usual plug in new devices..

Intel plans to publish the preliminary specifications of the new standard for audio via USB in this quarter.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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