Microsoft describes docking stations for phones using USB Type-C

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We have been speculating a lot about Windows Phones supporting docking stations, and we heard recently the rumour that the Lumia 940 will support a docking station.

Now Microsoft has described exactly what they expect such a docking station will do on MSDN, noting they promote either a single cable system using USB Type-C or a wireless docking solution.

They write:

Wired docking

A wired docking configuration uses a single connection to a dock. The connection is either through a cable or a device to an adjacent dock attachment. The dock provides ports for input devices, such as mice and keyboards, and for output devices like displays and printers. Better docking equipment provides a power connection, for both use and charging of the device, and a wired network connection.

Wired docking features to consider:

  • Use of a single cable from the device to the dock
  • Support for phone, tablet and laptops
  • Wired or wireless mouse and keyboard input
  • Multiple connections on the dock
  • Monitor outputs using HDMI or DisplayPort or both
  • A power connection to the device
  • An Ethernet port

 

The wireless dock will feature:

Wireless docking

Like a wired dock, a wireless dock has ports for input and output peripherals. The connection to the device is wireless only. The dock does not provide power or a wired network connection to the device.

Wireless docking features to consider:

  • A wireless connection from the device to the dock
  • Support for phone, tablet and laptops
  • Wired or wireless mouse and keyboard input
  • Monitor outputs using HDMI, DisplayPort, or both

 

Technology for wireless docking include:

  • Include Miracast extensions in receiver firmware.
  • Support WSB and MA-USB.
  • Support WiGig for enterprise class docking equipment.

Read the full documentation at MSDN here.

Thanks WalkingCat for the tip.

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