Green Plug Lauds Industry Effort to Drive Standards For Smart Power Adapters

Green Plug’s Ecosystem Development VP Urges Industry-wide Collaboration With IEEE Standards Association’s UPAMD™/P1823™ Working Group

2010 CEA Industry Forum

SAN RAMON, Calif.--()--Green Plug (www.greenplug.us), the first developer of digital technology enabling collaboration between multiple electronic devices and their power sources, today announced its support for the recently formed IEEE Standards Association P1823™ working group created to develop a specification for universal power adapters for mobile devices (UPAMD™).

“By bringing together everyone with a stake in the migration to a universal smart power interface, the IEEE is helping break down the product silos and other barriers that have delayed the broad adoption of universal power adapters for mobile and other devices,” said Paul Panepinto, VP of Ecosystem Development at Green Plug. “This collaborative effort is further evidence that smart power is an idea whose time has come.”

The goal of the IEEE P1823 Working Group is to obtain agreement between electronics manufacturers and vendors on a common interconnection for power delivery to portable and fixed electronic devices in the 10W-130W range. The establishment of an industry-wide standard is viewed by many as a critical step toward the replacement of brand- and model-specific analog power adapters (which often end up in landfills as people upgrade their computing, entertainment, household and office equipment) with digital power supplies that can be used and reused with multiple devices.

For more than four years, Green Plug has advocated for the voluntary adoption of a standard smart power protocol. “Developing a standard power interface is no small task, and there are dozens of technologies and architectures to be considered – each with its trade-offs,” Panepinto said. “Green Plug has evaluated a variety of options and developed IP solutions for electronics vendors that minimize trade-offs normally associated with flexibility, size and cost. We look forward to bringing those ideas to the table and to supporting power supply standards as they emerge.”

Currently, the company is developing IP licensing relationships with chipmakers, collaborating with partners, such as Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG), and working with consumer electronics manufacturers to expand deployment of the company’s Greenwire™ multi-function physical layer technology and Greentalk™ digital power protocol – the key components of its Green Plug Power System.

The Greentalk digital power protocol enables devices to collaborate with power supplies to dynamically monitor and control them, thus minimizing power consumption under diverse operating conditions. DC power hubs enabled with Green Plug’s Green Power Processor (GPP) chip can simultaneously power multiple devices, each with its own specific voltage and power requirements. By implementing Green Plug technology, manufacturers also minimize solid waste by enabling consumers to continue to use their smart power adaptors and battery chargers with newer electronic devices long after their current CE devices have become obsolete.

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About Green Plug

Green Plug is the first developer of digital technology enabling collaboration between electronic devices and their power sources. The company’s innovative green power components allow manufacturers to standardize on one universal power connector, exceed all current US and European governmental efficiency regulations, and eliminate environmental waste. Consumer electronics, residential and commercial builders, power tools and power supply manufacturers license Green Plug’s embeddable power supply technology to provide universal and safe connections, promote environmentally friendly reuse, make their products more affordable, and generate customer loyalty. Green Plug, headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., is privately held.

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Green Plug Lauds Industry Effort to Drive Standards for Smart Power Adapters; Green Plug’s Ecosystem Development VP Urges Industry-wide Collaboration with IEEE Standards Association’s UPAMD™/P1823™

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Contacts

Edge Communications, Inc.
Ken Greenberg
818-990-5001
ken@edgecommunicationsinc.com