|[September 11, 2012]
IEC Endorses Four USB-IF Standards
GENEVA & BEAVERTON, Ore. --(Business Wire)--
The IEC (News - Alert) (International Electrotechnical Commission) and the USB
Implementers Forum (USB-IF)
today announced IEC adoption of four USB-IF specifications to enable
global standards and interoperability for data transfer and charging.
Those include the Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) specification, USB Cables &
Connectors specification v2.0, USB Battery Charging specification v1.2,
and Micro-USB Cables and Connectors specification v1.01.
USB-IF specifications are recognized around the world as the de facto
USB standards. IEC adoption and endorsement of four USB-IF
specifications elevates these standards to a formal international level
Most WTO (World Trade Organization) member states rely on IEC
International Standards as the technical basis for their laws and
regulations for electronic and electrical devices and systems. The
inclusion of USB-IF specifications into IEC International Standards
provides additional protection for the USB brand within the technology
industry worldwide. Many organizations rely on IEC International
Standards for their procurement processes, and the adoption of USB
specifications into IEC International Standards opens new opportunities
for USB technology solutions in this area.
The four above-mentioned USB-IF specifications have been included in the
newly approved IEC International Standard IEC
62680, Universal Serial Bus interfaces for data and power.
The Standard has been developed by IEC TC (Technical Committee) 100:
Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, TA (Technical Area)
14, and has now been formally accepted by IEC Member states through
their National Committees. The agreemen between IEC and USB-IF allows
for the adoption of additional USB specifications into IEC International
Standards in the future.
"IEC has worked with the USB-IF to give consumers worldwide standard
solutions for data and charging applications. We believe that the broad
adoption of USB specifications will enhance IEC International Standards
for a wide range of applications," says Ronnie Amit, General Secretary
and CEO of the IEC. "This collaboration benefits manufacturers and
consumers by broadening global support and recognition of these
specifications," explains Mr. Shuichi Matsumura, Technical Area Manager
of TA 14 and Senior Expert, Standards Strategy Office at Fujitsu (News - Alert)
Limited. TA 14 was the first IEC Technical Area to include USB
specifications into an IEC International Standard.
"Worldwide recognition from IEC helps further advance USB-IF's
world-wide position in data transfer and charging," said Jeff
Ravencraft, President & COO, USB-IF. "In addition to current joint
efforts, IEC and USB-IF will continue to collaborate to promote the
adoption of USB specifications within the IEC."
About the USB-IF
The non-profit USB Implementers Forum, Inc. was formed to provide a
support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB
technology. USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality,
compatible USB devices through its logo and compliance program
recognized around the globe and promotes the benefits of USB and the
quality of products that have passed compliance testing. Further
information, including postings of the most recent product and
technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF website at www.usb.org.
About the IEC
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world's
leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards
for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. Over 10,000
experts cooperate within the IEC so that products work everywhere safely
with each other, permitting companies of all sizes to access global
markets, and nations to better protect their citizens.
IEC International Standards cover a vast range of technologies: power
generation (including all renewable energy sources), transmission,
distribution, Smart Grid, batteries, home appliances, office and medical
equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre
optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and more.
They also cover safety, performance and the environment. The IEC manages
Conformity Assessment Systems which certify that equipment, systems or
components conform to its International Standards.
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