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View Full Discussion @HaaTa @AlexPeterkin @YanboWu @RojoNinja just opened my eyes to the fact that this now includes USB-C connectors, but I can find zero mention of them on the input.club website/forums/FAQs or anywhere else other than a one liner in this drop's description. There also don't appear to be updated schematics on GitHub, is this another feature that still needs to be worked on before the drop gets shipped to purchasers?
It's also listed in the "Specifications", "Included" and the "Change Log" on the drop page. Aside from that I don't know.
Yes, this is very new. As per usual we'll be releasing the schematics/pcb (case hasn't changed for this) until we start shipping the keyboard.
The Type C connector is *much* stronger than the old micro b 3.0 connector, something we've wanted to switch to for quite a while now (no need for epoxy anymore).
I don't anticipate any delays due to the Type C connector as we've been working on using it for the KType (and other misc projects) since May last year.
Will the epoxied versions that just shipped still be reliable and strong?
So will the next drop of the WhiteFox also have Type C?
Yes. They are still strong (took us a while to get that just right).
Moving to the Type C reduces chance for errors in the manufacturing process (and the cables are more awesome).
This is currently undecided.
Whoa whoa; Does this mean that the cases in this new drop won't be compatible with the previous one? I have a case I'm ordering with this now, and its spec'd for the drop that just finished. Should I cancel that? Help appreciated!
For those that already have the boards with micro B, is it possible to change to a C connector or is the spec different that it wouldn't work that way?
The spec is fine (they are only using USB2.0 speeds even though it was a 3.0 connector), the issue is more around very tiny connections needing to be resoldered, and there were some stability/durability issues with the microUSB 3.0 connectors that were used, which is why extra soldering and epoxy were required for stability. I'm going to attempt to convert one from USB 3 to USB-C, but I'm ordering one with C from the factory just in case I end up with a hot mess and have to do scary things to get it working again.
If you have the right cable, you can totally connect an old style USB micro B to Type C. This is more important for the upcoming KType (yes, interconnect works with the KType), but you should only need Type A to Type C and Type A to Micro B 3.0 cables.
We didn't change the Type A connector on the Ergodox because it requires more circuitry to have both connectors Type C (as well as additional firmware and bootloader support).
I actually meant changing the micro B receptacle to a Type-C receptacle
Oh, yeah, that's...tricky. I don't think I'd attempt that...
Even if you managed to succeed somehow, I don't think it'll be strong enough because the footprint of the shielding posts is not the same.
ah ok, not a big deal
thanks for replying so quickly :)
So for the ergodox shipment that just went out, were the usb receptacles reinforced. i am quite worried
Yes, it was mentioned in the description of the previous drop that they strengthened it by adding some epoxy.
AFAIK, we've had no USB issues since we started putting epoxy on them. I'm just paranoid about this sort of thing.
yah...im a bit bummed that they didn't just put usb c on this one... i would have waited if i knew that was going to be changed.