Wireless power consortium adds seven members - Embedded.com

Wireless power consortium adds seven members

LONDON — The Wireless Power Consortium has added seven new members including Research In Motion (RIM) and Energizer as well as reporting the successful completion of the second round of prototype testing at a members' interoperability test.

Membership of the Consortium now stands at 21 device and electronics manufacturers and in addition to RIM and Energizer, the other new members are digital accessories supplier Case-mate, Continental Automotive, Hanrim Postech, a Korean-based battery manufacturer; Logah Technology, a Taiwan-based professional OEM/ODM manufacturer; and Rohm Semiconductor.

The latest additions follows on from Nokia joining up in September and Duracell, Hosiden Corp., Leggett & Platt Inc. and Samsung Electronics coming on-board in May.

“The successful completion of the second round of interoperability testing and the notification that Qi receivers will be royalty-free for consumer products will make it attractive for device manufacturers to include wireless power capability in a broad range of mass market products. This also provides device manufacturers with predictability and transparency as they plan their product roadmaps,” said Camille Tang, president, ConvenientPower Ltd and co-chair, Wireless Power Consortium, Promotion Work Group.

“The Consortium expects that wireless power receivers will be integrated into a significant percentage of all battery-powered mobile devices and into the batteries themselves. What USB is for wired connectivity, Qi will become for wireless power,” said Tang.

Consumer research has indicated that a universal standard in wireless power charging ranked within the top 20 percent of consumer lifestyle demands and that more than 80 percent of consumers surveyed saw wireless power as something they would use with virtually all of their electronic devices every time they charge them (research conducted with Ipsos Vantis, AcuPOLL and Frost & Sullivan).

Established in December 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium’s mission is to create and promote wide market adoption of Qi the international wireless power standard for interoperability across rechargeable electronic devices. The eight founding members were ConvenientPower Ltd., Fulton Innovation LLC, Logitech SA, National Semiconductor Corp., Royal Philips Electronics N.V., Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Shenzhen Sang Fei Consumer Communications Co. Ltd. and Texas Instruments Inc. Olympus Imaging Corp. joined in Jan 2009.

In July The Consumer Electronics Association set up a task group to review several existing and emerging wireless charging standards for devices such as cellphones. It findings are due early in 2010.

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