font size="2">The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the support organization for the advancement and adoption of USB technology, today announced the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification to establish USB Audio over USB Type-C as the primary solution for all digital audio applications. Device manufacturers can eliminate the need for multiple ports and deliver data, power and video over a single connector with USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery.
To further support a single-cable solution, USB Audio over USB Type-C provides a standardized approach to deliver user benefits, device interoperability and ease-of-use across all digital audio applications.
The USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification makes it easier to support digital audio over USB, add capabilities to reduce power consumption and add support for new features such as hotword detection. It defines minimum interoperability requirements across analog and digital solutions to minimize user confusion when not all hosts or devices support audio consistently.
USB Audio over USB Type-C allows OEMs to remove the 3.5mm analog audio jack, shaving up to a millimeter off product designs and reducing the number of connectors on a device.