A New USB Type C Certification Program Announced

Even with a limited rollout, USB Type-C has managed to engulf controversies like a whale would to small fishes. As more and more devices are now shipping with USB Type C, it is becoming relevant to have a standard that the accessories sold in the market adhere to. So far, the golden mantra has been to have the cable certified by Googler Benson Leung, who took it upon himself to review a bunch of early movers on Amazon. This resulted in an application called CheckR being developed that would give you a quick snapshot whether the cable you are using is safe or not. However, this was also not an absolute standard as the app really worked only for the Nexus devices.

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Keeping this problem in mind, USB-IF or USB- Implementers Forum, which basically propagates the adoption of a new USB standard, has come up with a certification program, which will see them run the cable through an exhaustive series of tests and pass a judgment. Cables, that would pass the certification program will have a relevant logo on them to give you an idea that the cable is good to use on your phone. The test would also reveal the power carrying capacity of the USB Type-C cable so you will no longer have to wait for the same to be there on the cable itself.

Rahman Ismail, USB-IF CTO said:

The future of consumer tech is mobility and letting technology disappear into the background. Certified USB Chargers will give users an interoperable power source and a seamless experience. From displays, to smartphones and docking stations, the industry is aligning behind USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery as the last wire you’ll ever need for faster charging.

Ideally, the way the program would work is that the manufacturer of these accessories will simply share it with the USB-IF team, who will check the cable for its power delivery as well as other USB Type-C specifications before either passing or rejecting it. There are no more details available for the same, but it would be good if this becomes a standard and we can be sure about a cable before we decide to insert it into our smartphone.


Arpit Verma

When not admiring flying metallic birds and the science behind them, Arpit is seen scribbling with his keyboard, voicing an opinion or two about personal technology. He is currently using a Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus as his mobile devices.

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