Bluetooth SIG and A4WP to Unite on Wireless Charging
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group and the Alliance for Wireless Power today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that they hope will lead to the creation of a smart wireless charging station. The Bluetooth SIG has issued a UUID to A4WP so it can be added to its baseline system specification. This will use the Bluetooth Smart radio standard to talk to an A4WP charging station and allow A4WP-certified phones to pair with the station and charge. The organizations say this will lead to quicker charge initiation, improved power control features, and let handset makers and developers create new apps that interact with the smart wireless charging station and devices that use it to charge. The organizations did not provide a timeline for producing a finalized spec or the charging stations.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.
LG Debuts Wireless Charging Pad
LG Innotek today announced the Quick Wireless Charging Pad, a way for smartphone owners to rapidly charge their mobile devices. The Quick Wireless Charging Pad relies on the Wireless Power Consortium, or Qi, wireless charging spec and supplies 15 W of power.
A4WP and PMA Agree to Fully Merge
The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance today agreed to merge operations. In February 2014, these same two organizations agreed to work together to create a single wireless charging standard.
Starbucks Officially Debuts Wireless Charging in Shops
Starbucks has begun to deploy wireless charging stations at select coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company said 200 stores now offer wireless charging spots on tables and coffee bars.
Intel to Work with Rezence for Wireless Charging
Intel today announced a new partnership with the Alliance for Wireless Power. Intel will adopt the A4WP's Rezence wireless charging standard and is working with a handful of device makers to bring wireless charging to public spaces, such as restaurants, hotels, and airports.