The first 240W USB Type-C cables have just appeared on the site of a Dutch retailer. What to consider a future release of devices and chargers compatible with this power?
As you may know, the USB-Implementers Forum announced in May 2021 the upcoming launch of the new generation of USB-C with 240W power. This new standard will be called “Extended Power Range”. According to the collective, the first cables, chargers and devices compatible with this new standard should arrive in early 2022 at the latest.
And indeed, our colleagues from the Tom’s Hardware site reveal that the first 240W USB Type-C cables have just appeared on the web. Indeed, the Dutch retailer Club3D has just referenced three of these cables, with the following serial numbers: CAC-1573, CAC-1575 and CAC-1576. Two of them are USB 4.0 while the third will be USB 2.0. Here are their specifications in detail:
- CAC 1573: 240W, USB 2.0 480 Mbit/s, 2 meter cable length
- CAC 1575: 240W, USB 4.0 2x 20 Gbit/s, Video stream up to 4K 60 Hz, 2 meter cable length
- CAC 1576: 240W, USB 4.0 3×2 40 Gbit/s, Video stream up to 8K 60 Hz, 1 meter cable length
More logos for more clarity… on paper
As a reminder and before the revision announced by USB-IF in May 2021, the maximum power delivered by USB Type-C cables was 100W (20V 5A). During this announcement, the organization took the opportunity to unveil the new logos, supposed make it easier for users to identify different cables/chargers.
“With the new higher power capabilities enabled by the USB PD 3.1 specification, which unlocks up to 240W over a USB Type-C cable and connector, USB-IF saw an opportunity to further strengthen and simplify its end-user certified logo program”explained its president Jeff Ravencraft.
From now on, these logos will make it possible to differentiate between USB 4 cables with 40 Gbit/s transfer speed, 240W USB Type-C cables (with or without 40 Gbit/s and USB 4.0) and 240W certified USB chargers. Note that the three 240W USB Type-C cables referenced by Club3D are not yet available for sale. This is not a drama in itself, since no device or charger compatible with this power has arrived on the market.
Source : Tom’s Hardware