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IEC announces smart charging for consumer portable devices

By next year it is predicted that the world will produce approximately 50million tonnes of e waste/year. The IEC has published new International Charging Interoperability Standards for a new generation of smart and eco-friendly charging solutions that can be used in every country around the world.


Chargers for smartphones to notebook computers will be compatible with the same types of devices from different manufacturers. They will also be able to charge a wide range of other kinds of electronics; consumers will be able to use their notebook charger to charge a tablet or a smartphone or any other portable consumer electronic device. A smartphone or tablet charger can be used to give a boost to a notebook, albeit at a slower rate.


This smart charging approach relies on a standardized charging interface defined by the following new IEC International Standards: IEC 62680-1-3 and 62680-2, based on the latest USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery specifications. These standards specify the common technologies needed to support charging of devices up to 100W.


IEC 63002: Identification and communication interoperability method for external power supplies used with portable computing devices, defines interoperability guidelines for chargers and devices that implement the latest USB technologies. It defines the data parameters for communicating power adapter characteristics and capabilities.


The standardization of this smart charging interface is supported by the global industry. Chargers can be designed to optimally match the power and functional requirements of the target product while being able to charge many other products as well. Devices will be able to communicate with the smart charger to accurately identify its capabilities before safely drawing power. The expected broad adoption by industry will exponentially increase interoperability, compatibility and re-usability of chargers and as a result significantly increasing consumer convenience while contributing to global e-waste reduction.





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