Some laptop manufacturers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are planning to work together on a standardised laptop power supply design.
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The involvement of the IEEE will be crucial to getting manufacturers to adopt any standards that emerge, according to reports in Australia.
The laptop makers involved in the project are said to include big brands such as ASUS and Acer as well as the OEM manufacturers like Quanta and Compal.
By introducing standards to the laptop market the group hopes to enable the interoperability that has been a hallmark of desktop PC designs.
This lack of standards in laptop manufacture has led to the frustrating situation where every manufacturer has its own power supply design.