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100 watt USB Power Delivery (PD) spec approved

With the battle between Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 just heating up, USB now has the upper hand as far as power delivery goes, as the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has approved the 100 watt USB Power Delivery (PD) spec, and the USB 2.0 Promoter group has followed suit as well.

This means that new USB cables - along with hardware that will support the spec - will be able to deliver enough power to power or charge a laptop computer, or enough power to power a 100-watt light bulb!

While still not able to match Thunderbolt's data throughput rates, the new USB spec will give USB 10 times the power delivery capabilities of Thunderbolt.

The ambitions of the new USB spec is to get rid of all proprietary, platform-specific power connectors found on most of today's portable gadgets.

Power Deliver is not a simple spec. PD can send power both ways - ramp delivery up or down, work with both BC1.2 (Battery Charge 1.2, the current power to device spec) - and do all this intelligently.

Read the Press Release HERE.

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