China aims for world leadership in fast charging technology • The Register

China has decided it needs a fast-charging standard for devices sold in China and hopes its efforts will result in its favored technology ruling the world.

The China Communications Standardization Association (CCSA) announced that it held its inaugural meeting of the Terminal Fast Charging Technology and Standard Promotion Committee (TC626).

At the meeting, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology representative Wang Peng said it was “imperative to promote the establishment of compatible and unified fast charging standards.” Wang also said that alongside green initiatives and industrial development coordination, charger standardization would “broaden the influence of industrial development.”

CCSA Chairman Wen Ku said the committee intends to seize the terminal integration of fast charging as “an opportunity to bring together the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry.”

TC626 Chairman Xie Yi said the committee will “promptly begin the transformation of fast-charging group standards into international standards in order to achieve the leadership of China’s fast-charging technology in global standards.”

It’s unclear exactly what China plans to build, but a fast-charging standard would have several benefits.

For starters, it could challenge US firms like Qualcomm, which ties its Quick Charge technology to phones that use its Snapdragon SoCs.

Making Chinese smartphone makers less dependent on Qualcomm could help China meet its silicon self-sufficiency goal by 2035.

A standard could also benefit China’s smartphone makers by freeing them from the need for independent research and development. Chinese companies like Xiaomi often make a virtue of their proprietary fast charging technology. A national standard would allow them to work harder in other areas.

Chinese smartphones could also become more attractive globally if they include a unified charging system that different manufacturers can use.

China is also certainly aware of the European Union’s decision that smartphones, tablets and cameras sold within the Union’s borders must adopt USB-C by the middle of the decade.

The EU’s goal to reduce e-waste by making users less likely to have to replace chargers also applies to China.

Legislators in the US are seeking to implement similar mandates.

Charging standards have had a major impact on manufacturers who have proprietary chargers — like Apple, which favors its own Lightning technology for charging and connecting accessories.

Therefore, by developing fast-charging standards, China is giving itself a chance to implement some domestic technologies across the board. ® China aims for world leadership in fast charging technology • The Register

Chrissy Callahan

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