Mobile computing giants back PSU standard

Makers of notebooks based in Taiwan are for the standardisation of power supply units, or PSUs, following the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers having just sorted out a dedicated team for the initiative.

While PSU standardisation is beyond being a pipe dream, there’s still some way to go. Despite this, it’s received backing from giant vendors such as Acer and Asustek, as well as manufacturers including Quanta, Compal, Wistron, Pegatron and Inventec. 

The good news is, with a standard PSU across the board for mobile computing, new PSUs would not need to be developed or paid for every single time a new notebook, netbook or tablet PC is out. It would also cut down on part waste and have a beneficial effect on green manufacturing.

While computer makers and vendors are supporting the intiative, it’s likely to suffer backlash from makers of PSUs which would see their businesses suffer.

The DigiTimes’ sources reckon that for a standard, there would need to be higher margins and better PSUs to offset impact on the power supply sector. A standard would force PSU manufacturers to build at similar costs and would make selling to brands more difficult – good news for mobile computing makers to cut costs but not so much for the power supply sector.

If the initiative goes through, the way forward for PSU manufacturers would be smarter, more energy efficient power supply technology which could then be flogged to other markets.