Microsoft Works on USB Standard to power computers

Microsoft logoThe USB standard will receive a new upgrade in the near future that could power various pieces of computer hardware, or even the whole system.

The version of the Universal Serial Bus port currently used is 3.0 and, as you probably know, it’s already being used to power various devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. This is possible because USB 3.0 offers 4.5 watts of power, enough to charge small devices.

A different version of USB 3.0, called USB BC, brings the power level up to 7.5 watts, but this is obviously not enough to power an entire system.

A new standard, however, baptized USB PD, is expected to be released in the near future, as the project has already been finalized in July. Several companies offered their support for the new standard, including Microsoft, Intel, ST-Ericsson and Renesas Electronics, according to News.com.

USB PD is able to provide up to 100 watts, enough to power a laptop, a monitor or several pieces of hardware at the same time. In the end, it could be used to power the entire system, but only with the proper optimizations.

The first USB PD iteration is very likely to see the daylight before year’s end, but it may only be released for testing purposes.

Microsoft confirmed yesterday that it currently considers developing low-cost diskless computers that could obviously appeal not only to home users, but also to small businesses and organizations. Windows 8 has been optimized to be installed on external devices and, thanks to the Windows To Go feature, it could easily eliminate some of the cables inside your computer and bring the price to a much more appealing level.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Microsoft, USB

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
New iTunes backup password verification system exists in parallel to the much stronger, older iOS 9 system
 
The companies willwork together to bring enable Lenovo customers authenticate to online FIDO-enabled services
 
ARM's new Bifrost architecture, which focuses on high-end 4K and VR experiences
 
Users complaining of poor battery life in iOS 10
 
Redmond not willing to pay so much for Twitter
 
The Pixel phones will both be IP53-certified for protection against water being sprayed at low pressure
 
 
MediaTek plans to roll out two versions of its 10nm chips
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch Android 4 Tablet PC with good sound
A cost-effective, 7-inch tablet PC from a renowned manufacturer
October 25, 2013 / 4
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 




Poll

Do you like Windows 10?
or leave your own version in comments (32)