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.
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.
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 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.