UL, the global safety science company dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments worldwide, announced today that USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification recently approved UL’s Laboratory in Taiwan as a qualified Independent Test Lab (ITL) to test USB Type C cable assemblies and connectors as well as PD E-Markers.  UL has previously been qualified for testing USB Types A & B cable assemblies and connectors.

USB is available on a wide range of computer peripherals, tablets, mobile phones and many other devices for data and power transmission. The new USB Type C interface uses a slim and robust connector tailored to fit mobile device product designs, such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets. The differentiating features of Type C include reversible plug orientation and cable direction and support for scalable power and performance to future-proof different end applications. The PD E-Markers are the chips used in the USB Type C cable assemblies to report the characteristics supported by a specific cable, including current-carrying capability and vendor identification.
“USB Type C is widely accepted as the global connectivity standard for the transmission of both power and high-throughput digital content. UL is excited to join the efforts to help ensure the product compliance associated with the Type C applications through the testing and evaluation of the Type C cable assemblies and connectors,” said L.F. Lai, vice president and general manager of UL’s Wire and Cable division. “Offering these services at our Taiwan location provides ease of access to the many manufacturers in the region.”

Please contact UL at customerservice.tw@ul.com for additional information about the UL service offering under the USB-IF Compliance Program.