For the consumer electronics OEMs that bundle these adaptors with their products there are two key driving factors that need to be addressed. These are ensuring high efficiency levels, meeting safety regulations and simultaneously having a compact form factor. In recent times, thanks to a combination of government legislation and energy efficiency programs such as Energy Star, the European Ecodesign Directive and the China Standard Certification Center (CSC), there has been a major focus on further driving down adaptors’ overall power consumption levels by minimizing the amount of energy used while in standby mode. The following article looks at the technology trends emerging which are enabling the latest requirements to be addressed, including new processes that reduce the number of external components utilized – leading to sleeker, more lightweight designs.
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