Wireless technology leaders Samsung and Qualcomm Incorporated have joined Ever Win Industries, Gill Industries, Peiker Acustic, Powermat Technologies, and SK Telecom to form the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). The independently operated organization’s mission is to promote global standardization of a wireless power transfer technology that offers spatial freedom; to develop product testing, certification and regulatory compliance processes; and to foster industry dialogue with regulators on wireless power policy development.
The A4WP will focus on a new wireless power transfer technology that provides spatial freedom for charging of electrical devices in cars, on tabletops and for multiple devices simultaneously.
The alliance is targeting a broad base of consumer electronic devices to establish a worldwide wireless power technology ecosystem.
Benefits of this wireless power approach include: a transmitter and receiver antenna design that is easily implemented, a simple wireless power control system, and the ability to transfer power through non-metallic surfaces. The A4WP expects to achieve this capability without the need for costly multi-coil repeaters, which are required for other systems. A single specification is envisioned that will address simultaneous charging of multiple devices ranging from very low power products, such as Bluetooth headsets, to today’s most sophisticated tablets.
The A4WP is open to new members and welcomes participation from vendors in all segments of the potential ecosystem, including: handheld devices, consumer electronics, semiconductor products, automotive, furniture, test equipment, cellular operators, and retail.
Alliance members will be available to discuss membership opportunities at the launch event on 8 May during CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans, LA.
According to the analyst firm IMS Research, shipments of wireless power enabled devices are projected to surpass 100 million by 2015.