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.
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.
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.
Broadcom Chip Supports Multiple Wireless Charging Standards
Broadcom today announced a new system-on-a-chip that supports all of the wireless charging standards, including the Alliance for Wireless Power, the Power Matters Alliance, and the Wireless Power Consortium. The multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU) works automatically with all the standards, allowing device makers to support them all in a single piece of hardware.
A4WP and PMA to Merge Wireless Power Businesses
The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance today announced plans to fully merge the two entities into a single organization. The two groups created separate, competing wireless charging standards until February 2014, when they agreed to work tougher on a compatible standard.