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IEC Finalizes MicroUSB Charging Spec for Phones

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Feb 1, 2011, 9:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The International Electrotechnical Commission has finalized specification IEC 62684, which sets the technical details of how chargers are to be made for mobile phones. The spec mandates the use of microUSB ports for charging purposes, and sets the power requirements that manufacturers should adhere to for interoperability across brands and handsets. Fourteen different handset makers collaborated with the IEC to help finalize the spec, including Apple, Nokia, Research in Motion, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (Alcatel), Texas Instruments and Atmel. The IEC believes that the specification will lead to saved resources across the board, as handset makers won't have to ship chargers with each and every device, and won't have to make multiple different chargers for their different devices. The IEC also believes the spec will help lower the cost of chargers to consumers, as well as help reduce CO2 omissions. Some manufacturers, such as Nokia, have already chosen microUSB as their standard charging port.




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Feb 1, 2011, 8:48 PM

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Feb 1, 2011, 10:04 AM

Apple?. . .

I am surprised to see Apple on this list. They are in a world all by themselves. Apple doesn't do anything that is standard with the rest of an industry.

And I am kinda curious as to why HTC isn't on the list.

I do love the standardization of microusb, I can use any microusb charger from any manufacterer.
The way USB works, it should already be compatible, as USB has very specific power draw limits (3.3v and 5v 500ma tops)
i think its because they wont be able to sell their iphones in europe if they dont comply..

i guess htc is not there because their already complying?

(im also wondering how they'll be able to do it..cause microUSB i think is againt their design ...
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