USB-IF is against USB-C becoming a single standard for charging smartphones

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It could be assumed that the organization USB-IF, which develops and maintains the USB specifications, shares the EU plans to standardize chargers. At the end of the day, it is in the best interest of USB-IF to get as many companies as possible to adhere to the standards. However, it turned out that the head of the organization Jeffrey L. Ravencraft (Jeffrey L. Ravencraft) sharply criticized the plans of the European Commission in his public statement. In his opinion, this will cause problems with the compatibility and functionality of devices, as well as lead to confusion and disagreement.

Two standards mentioned in EU documents (EN IEC 6280-1-3: 2021 and EN IEC 6280-1-2: 2021) are already outdated. They were adopted in August 2019, but in May of this year, USB-IF revised the specifications, adding power transmission up to 240 watts. The head of the organization is also outraged that the EU wants to accept only certain elements of USB-C, such as the protocol for charging up to 15W, and not the standard as a whole. He believes it is important to adopt the entire standard to ensure overall compatibility. 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 short term.

The European Commission presented the draft directive in September 2021. It provides for the use of USB-C as a standard connector for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld game consoles. The document must be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. After that, manufacturers will have two years to adapt to the new regulations. According to lawmakers, consumers will be able to save 250 million euros annually on chargers. In addition, it will reduce e-waste by almost 1,000 tons per year.

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