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USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

International Electrotechnical Commission to run its eye over USB 3.1

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has ticked off a small-but-significant milestone by submitting its new standards to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

As we've previously noted, the USB-IF has revealed a 10Gbps-capable USB-C connector, and also an ambition for two-way power flows at up to 100W over USB.

The Forum now appears to be sufficiently confident that work is good to go that it's sent it off to the IEC, the planet's standards overseer for just about anything electrical that will end up in an individual's or consumer's hands. If the Commission signs off on USB Power Delivery, USB-C and USB 3.1 – and the announcement suggests all stakeholders want and expect that to happen – it will give the new USB standards a great deal of momentum and make their speedy arrival more likely.

Work hard, you IEC inspectors! It's a rare year in which Reg readers don't want faster and more clever kit, and the new USB standards look to deliver. In spades! ®

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