Samsung’s new USB PD controllers support 100W charging and meet PD 3.0 standards
USB Type-C is one of those technologies which makes your life easier. It is universal, durable, and offers a lot of power for all your needs. Companies have come up with various protocols for different uses for the port. Some of these protocols are proprietary and used only in certain devices, but some of them are open standards. USB Power Delivery is one of the latter. If you own an Android device or a laptop from the last couple of years, chances are they can take advantage of USB PD. Today, Samsung announced two USB PD 3.0 controllers that support up to 100W charging and security elements for reliable data and power transfer.
Both of the new controllers, SE8A and MM101, meet the USB PD 3.0 standard which is used for fast-charging. More interestingly, the controllers talk to the connected device to calculate the power required for them. The connected device sends battery information to the controller, which decides if it should approve the fast or the regular charging, corresponding to the battery level. You can check out the handy chart below.
Being 100W chargers, they can power virtually any smartphone, tablet or laptop with USB PD technology. SE8A and MM101 also come with built-in eFlash storage which allows for easily updating and modifying the firmware by the manufacturer. Secure Element makes sure the protocol and the device stay secure. The controllers also receive security certificates from the devices to approve or block access to data transmission.
Samsung mentions that the MM101 controller is currently sampling, meaning that it’s still in the testing stage. Though, the SE8A controller is already in mass production. The latter is the one we should expect to be released sooner. Keep in mind that the exact release date is still unknown. Both the controllers may be released at once, despite that they’re on different stages of manufacturing.