Jeffrey L. Ravencraft, head of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), criticized the European Commission’s universal charger initiative.

The fact is that the EC considers USB Type-C as such an interface and indicates two standards (EN IEC 6280-1-3: 2021 and EN IEC 6280-1-2: 2021), which will form the basis of a single concept. However, according to USB-IF, these standards are already outdated. They are reported to “cause compatibility, functionality, and confusion among consumers.”

The proposed law is limited to one generation of USB technologies and two EN / IEC standards. In May of this year, USB-IF adopted another standard that provides for the transfer of energy up to 240 watts via the USB Type-C connector.

It requires special cables and hardware implementation with the EPR (Extended Power Range) logo. Using regular Type-C cables with such equipment may result in fire and damage. Other USB Power Delivery implementations provide transfers up to 100W. In contrast, the standards chosen by the EU limit the charging protocol to only 15W.

Overall, Ravencraft sees the problem with fixed standards slowing down technological progress, as new developments are unlikely to be taken into account by the EU in the medium term. According to USB-IF, it is important to fully consider all standards to ensure overall compatibility.

The European Commission presented the project at the end of September 2021. It should make USB Type-C “the standard connection for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld game consoles.” Thanks to standardization, European consumers will be able to save 250 million euros annually on unnecessary adapters. In addition, e-waste can be reduced by 1,000 tons per year.

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