PMA and A4WP Agree to Merge Wireless Charging Specs
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced they will work together to make their wireless charging standards compatible. According to the agreement, PMA will adopt the A4WP's Rezence specification for magnetic resonance in both the transmitter and receiver of chargers and devices. The A4WP will adopt the PMA's inductive specification as an option for multi-mode uses. Both groups will work together on an API for network services management. This is a significant win for consumers, who will eventually benefit from a wider range of devices that work together. Before today, there were three separate wireless charging organizations vying for market leadership. With the PMA and A4WP combining efforts, the Wireless Power Consortium and its Qi standard stand alone. All three use magnetic induction to pass an electrical charge from a pad to a properly-equipped device. Variations in the standards prevent a PMA-compliant device, for example, from charging on a Qi-based pad and vice versa.
WattUp Distance Wireless Charging Coming To Major-Brand Phone
Energous has revealed that a "tier 1" consumer electronics company has agreed to implement WattUp wireless charging technology in a number of consumer products, including a phone. WattUp is an RF-based wireless charging technology that can be implemented in a number of ways, including transmitters that can send power wirelessly up to 15 feet, using a large array of antennas and beam-forming technology to send focused energy in the 5.8 GHz radio band.
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.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
Apple Adopts Qi Wireless Charging, Teases AirPower Charge Mat
Apple today announced new iPhones that are for the first time capable of charging wirelessly. The company has adopted the Qi wireless charging standard for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.