Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of motherboards, graphics cards and computing hardware solutions official released their Gigabyte On/Off Charge technology that enables faster iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch charging. A derivative of Gigabyte’s 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge technology allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices to draw more current from Gigabyte motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, with the added benefit that the PC can be on, standby mode or even off.
Many mobile devices can be charged via a desktop PC’s USB ports as long as the system is connected to an active power source; however this is not the case with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Even when the PC is being used and charging is enabled, these devices usually only draw a mere 0.5A for a trickle charge that can take 3 hours or more to fully charge the device. The benefits of Gigabyte On/Off Charge are that users can reduce their charge time by around 40% while also acting responsibly and shutting down their PC system while it is not in use, e.g. while they sleep.
“We aim to offer our customers the best possible user experience through innovation and superior quality products, and we believe that On/Off Charge will benefit millions of Apple mobile device users around the world,” commented Tim Handley,Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd.
Gigabyte On/Off Charge comes in two flavors: a backwards compatible On/Off Charge driver that was made available on March 10th, 2010, from the official Gigabyte utility web page, and an On/Off Charge front panel connector that will be available on selected soon-to-be-released Gigabyte motherboards.
Pricing is yet not revealed.