Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Universal Cell Phone Charger Standard Set

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, has given its stamp of approval to an energy-efficient one-charger-fits-all new mobile phone solution.

The announcement which was made yesterday couldn't make more sense in my opinion and comes far to late. I for one hate the fact that every single phone company seems to utilize their own charger connection, with some of them using several different ones. I can't tell you how many old chargers I have laying about!

blockbuster total accessThe new charger will be based on the micro-USB standard and is backed by the GSMA along with 17 mobile carriers, whom have all been pushing for a universal charger to be in place before 2012.

This new Universal Charging Solution (UCS), which enables the same charger to be used for all future handsets, regardless of make and model will greatly reduce the current number of chargers produced, shipped and subsequently discarded as new models become available. The new standard will mean users worldwide will be able to charge their mobiles anywhere from any available charger, while also reducing the energy consumed while charging.

The new UCS standard was based on input from the GSMA, which predicts a 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption, elimination of 51,000 tonnes of redundant chargers, and a subsequent reduction of 13.6 million tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Malcolm Johnson said: "This is a significant step in reducing the environmental impact of mobile charging, which also has the benefit of making mobile phone use more straightforward. Universal chargers are a commonsense solution that I look forward to seeing in other areas."

Standardization of the solution within ITU was completed by Study Group 5 - Environment and Climate Change, and will hasten broad adoption by industry. Based on the Micro-USB interface, UCS chargers will also include a 4-star or higher efficiency rating - up to three times more energy-efficient than an unrated charger.

You can read more in the full ITU press release.

1 comment:

  1. Hii..
    This is very interesting post.There is a movement to standardize chargers and I hope it succeeds.I read your article and I hope it's cost will not so much high.e can charge up to 4 devices using a single charger.


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