Powermat Joins Wireless Power Consortium January 9th2018

It is indeed important to take note of the fact that the Powermat, the wireless charging company, has the distinction of becoming a member of the existing Wireless

Power Consortium (WPC). Based on reports given out by Powermat the move is meant to contribute its technology to enhance the advancement of inductive wireless charging
capabilities in the WPC’s Qi wireless charging standard based upon the ecosystem. Qi and Powermat have been more or less competing for wireless charging standards
but now there also seems to be a unification of sorts. The joining of Powermat could also help the unification of the wireless charging standards resulting in
a wider adoption of the given technology.

What is unique about Powermat new approach:

  • Qi’s major rival is the PMA/ AirFuel standard, which was developed by Powermat.
  • In 2017, Apple had signed on Qi wireless charging for its iPhone models giving it a massive lead.
  • Qi has rather become the significant wireless charging standard in the market.
  • The recently launched Apple iPhone lineup is evidence of this success.
  • Powermat will share technology innovation to further unlock wireless charging potential.
  • The idea is to expedite the growth of the wireless charging infrastructure.

Since the joining of the Powermat has indeed become one of the over 360 companies which do support the Qi standard that does include technology giants such as Apple,

Samsung, LG Electronics, Delphi among others.

By becoming a part of WPC, the Powermat further unifies the wireless charging ecosystem that is much behind the Qi global standard, which does accelerate the wireless
charging adoption and also make it more convenient for consumers to make use of wireless charging wherever they tend to go.

What else is there to know?

Catering much to the emerging demand for wireless charging accessories, several of the companies had also been fighting a standards war. The major battle was fought
between AirFuel Alliance, of which the Powermat was also a part, and the Wireless Power Consortium who happen to be the developers of the Qi wireless charging standard
. While one side the computer manufacturers did favour the AirFuel, WPC and the Qi standard was indeed supported by the mobile makers.

How will Powermat contribute to WPC:

  • Being the latest to join the WPC, it will no doubt contribute its technology and expertise to further of course advance the inductive wireless charging
  • While maintaining backward the compatibility with the current

    Qi standard, which is no doubt quite commonly made use of throughout the technology industry.

  • This includes the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, which are all compatible with Qi charging stations.
  • Qi has indeed become a dominant wireless charging standard on the market and off late was launched Apple iPhone lineup. The idea is to expedite the growth of
    the existing wireless charging infrastructure, thus bringing wireless charging to wherever users need it. Powermat has for a long time competed against Qi by backing
    the PMA standard.

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