Evolution of USB Charging

USB (Universal Serial Bus) was originally developed and introduced in 1996 as a way of setting up communication between a computer and peripheral devices by replacing many varieties of serial and parallel ports. Older versions of USB were only primarily used for the transmission of data. Once USB ports became common in computers, it also evolved into the preferred charging port for consumer electronics. USB-IF developed two small form factor connectors, namely the Mini-USB and Micro-USB types. These became popular for consumer electronics like cameras and GPS units, but large-scale adoption in Smartphones in the 2010s boosted the concept.

Since the advent of USB, many iterations, versions, and port types have come and gone. Primarily, the main difference today is between USB-A and USB-C type connectors. USB-A is the older of the two, using the standard USB slot we’ve all come to know and love. USB-C refers to a new, compact, and reversible USB port form factor, commonly used in today’s cellphone chargers and Thunderbolt® data transfer connections.

These days, devices charged via USB power ports are everywhere. You can charge a device faster than by plugging it in with an adapter. If your device has a larger battery or power capacity, it will still get a faster charging time. This means less waiting and more time to be productive.


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Where we come in?

As a leading manufacturer of power solutions, CMS design and produce a wide range of USB charging solutions to suit every facet of the modern commercial environment. Our charging technology comes in two forms defined by the way they are incorporated into CMS products; Modular and Integrated.


CMS Modular USB chargers offer the flexibility to incorporate USB-C and A charging ports into a range of above, recessed and below desk solutions together with other services like power, data and AV. This is achieved through our CMS softwired backbones.


Integrated products feature built-in USB charging ports in a compact form factor making them a versatile option to be incorporated into a wide range of application areas. All CMS USB-C chargers feature the latest PD3.0 standard.


To view our range of USB charging solutions, click here.

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