Sunday, May 19, 2024

First-ever 65W USB-PD charger from Samsung reappears, cleared for release

Once again, Samsung’s first-ever 65W charger resurfaced, having just reached a fairly advanced release milestone in the form of a TÜV SÜD certification label. This is not a compulsory regulatory clearance, but that does not make it surprising. In particular, as TÜV SÜD and Samsung have been active partners for almost four years now, they have been working to lift the quality standard for modern automotive LED co-operatives.

Which devices are supposed to be powered by this charger?

It is explicitly confirmed that the EP-TA865 allows for 20V/3.25A charging, just like the previous testing documentation that appeared. As was the case with Samsung’s last few adapters, this one follows the new standard for USB-IF Power Delivery (PD) known as Programmable Power Supply (PPS) contains that. Essentially, this technology operates by controlling both standard and non-standard voltages in real time during the charging phase.

In the world of smartphones, dynamic charging speeds are far from a complete innovation, although Samsung has not been as revolutionary of a force in this segment as you would have expected from its track record. In the meantime, laptop manufacturers were also slower in implementing USB-C fast charging requirements. That may be why EP-TA865 wasn’t released earlier.

However, the presence of this TÜV SÜD certification does make its release seem inevitable. But do not expect anything above 25W charging to be leveraged by your shiny new Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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