Targus’ A, B, C of USB
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Targus’ A, B, C of USB

September 16, 16 - Posted in: Tech Talk by Kevin Quinn, Thee DocKtor
Targus’ A, B, C of USB

As Thee DocKtor reported before, any Targus USB docking station can be used to dock to a Windows, Mac OS X, Chromebook, or Linux PC with a USB Type-C cable/adapter. Keep in mind, it won't power the host, see this previous blog pertaining to USB Type-C. Note, USB Type-C can carry many things, it's explained in this previous blog pertaining to USB Type-C receptacle markings. It must always include USB3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and this is where the adapter works.

While Thee DocKtor saw any USB Type-C platforms running Windows 7 (W7), it should work if there is a USB Host Controller driver in the W7 build for that particular PC. That is, if the host's (Mac or PC) USB port works, then the USB dock will. To use the additional capabilities of USB Type-C Power Delivery 2.0, Thee DocKtor recommends the Targus ACP71USZ (Universal USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Station with Power) or ACP77USZ (Universal USB 3.0 DV2K Docking Station with Power) with the USB-C Multiplexer Adapter (ACA41USZ), see additional information in the Targus ACA41 ACP71/77 to USB type-c multiplexer blog

This will both dock data and supply power to PC, MacBook, Chromebook, and Linux PC (and someday Android, when its hosts have compatible USB Type-C). If all hosts going forward have USB Type-C, and there is no need for USB Type-A/B support for, say, legacy hosts, the upcoming Targus DOCK410USZ is a native USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DP ALT-Mode) Power Delivery 2.0 Profile 4 universal dock. DP ALT-Mode is also compatible with Thunderbolt 3 ALT-Mode with the only caveat being that the host must support Multi-Stream Transport (MST).

So, if you want more than one rendering on two external displays you have options.

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