USB-C standard update will support up to 240 w of power


The USB-C connector, which is one of the many presentations of the massive and standardized universal port, will soon receive a major update.

Exceeding the 100 watts supported today, the USB Implementers Forum, the regulatory body of this standard, revealed that its upcoming version 2.1 will increase its support to 240 watts.

USB-C 2.1 will be able to power more demanding devices

A major update to the standard arrives after that oval and a reversible USB port that has burst strongly in recent years, present on phones, tablets, computers, headphones, and other devices.

The announcement of this novelty was published by the USB-IF  last Tuesday, May 25. There was revealed the increase in the supported power range up to 240W, formally referred to as EPR or Extended Power Range.

According to the shared specifications on this new version of the standard, new cables that support 240 watts will have to have special features for proper operation and resistance. Similarly, to avoid confusion, these cables will have to have a distinctive icon.

It should be noted, to avoid confusion, that there are aspects to this standard that are not subject to a single standard. While aspects like this, allusive to the delivery of power and the interaction between the devices and their chargers, are governed by a specific regulation for the case of each presentation of the USB-C port in particular; everything allusive to the flow of data through the cables is governed by the USB (dry) standard, which is currently in its 3.2 edition, next to moving to version 4.

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This power enhancement could make its way for higher-power devices to supply power through this pathway. This includes gaming-optimized computers, 4K monitors, or printers.

Outside of the most common devices, an increase in power capacity could make way for the implementation of this connectivity standard on devices of other classes, such as those on the Internet of Things. This condition would make it easier to get accessories or spare parts for your energy sources and even exchange them with compatible ones.

And while there are high-performance devices that exceed the energy consumption threshold supported by the new standard presented, this quantitative leap greatly expands the range of devices that could integrate this universal solution by more than double the current capacity of this port.

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