The team behind USB-C connectivity and power standard have announced a major upgrade that can more than double the power it can handle.
USB Implementation Forum (USB-IF) They say (Via cnet) compatible computers, laptop monitors and other devices will be able to support 240 watts of power delivery from this year. The maximum power currently available (can it be received?) Can be sent via a USB-C cable.
What does this mean in practice? This means that we may see some high-powered gaming laptops adopting the USB-C standard in 2021. Currently, most of those machines still require a legacy charging cable with the additional charging bricks that come with the cable.
Switching to USB-C can make carrying around on the best gaming laptops a little more manageable. However, it is unlikely that the functionality will extend to desktop gaming PCs and next-gen game consoles. For example, the PS5 is rated at 350w.
USB-IF calls the update “extended power range,” and that means even more powerful gaming laptops may soon be charged via USB-C power cables. Naturally, this would mean creating additional USB-C chargers as well as laptops with expected ports to handle the extra power.
“We expect high wattage devices to be supported in the second half of 2021,” USB-IF said in a statement on Wednesday. We can expect new technology supporting the standard to be recognizable by the new label.
“All EPR cables shall be clearly identified with EPR cable identification markings as defined by USB-IF. This is required so that end users can visually confirm that the cable supports up to PDP = high of 240W,” added USB-IF Gone.
Similarly, for the current standard. The forum adds: “For USB power delivery, each cable assembly is deemed to be usable for either standard power range (SPR) operation only or for both SPR and extended power range (EPR) operation.”
It will be interesting to see how many manufacturers adopt the standard before the end of the year.