USB-IF Announces USB Type-C Authentication Program, The non-profit company behind the standardization of sales and USB specifications, namely USB-IF, today revealed the official launch of the “USB Type-C Authentication Program” which was actually announced since 2016.
In this program, one area of his discussion is about redefining cryptographic-based authentication between the charger ( charger ) and a device that uses a USB Type-C.
This new method of authentication can be useful, especially for developers of electronic devices to provide additional protection for users from the dangers of nonstandard chargers.
It may not be a secret anymore, bad chargers and cables have become quite a serious problem and can greatly disrupt the USB Type-C ecosystem. And with this authentication, companies can guarantee that this doesn’t happen.
Through this USB-IF program, device developer vendors can make a kind of certification for special accessories that can be used for their devices.
Keep in mind, this standard is not only set by USB-IF for cables and chargers, but every OEM (developer vendor) can use it to create support that only applies to “approved” devices if they want.
This method is similar to what was done by the Apple company some time ago. The company has launched a third-party hardware-specific MFi certification program.
And in the name of security, OEMs that have used USB Type-C on their devices can provide such licenses and can work better.
And in addition to the applicable power delivery requirements, these standards can improve security, protect consumers from bad firmware and hardware connected to USB Type-C devices.
USB-IF COO and President Jeff Ravencraft added, USB-IF is eager to launch the USB Type-C Authentication Program, providing OEMs with the flexibility to implement a security framework that best fits the specific product requirements.
But it is important to know, standardization in this program does not guarantee that all developer companies use the same standards for their devices.
For now, the standard of charging of each vendor has also been applied differently thanks to USB Type-C, and in the future after the implementation of the standardization, users may have to buy different chargers for each different device. Thank you.