The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), formed in May 2012, has grown to more than 50 members and has successfully shown product interoperability between independently developed devices.
The A4WP is a global and independently operated consortium focused on bringing a more flexible wireless power technology to the consumer electronics and automotive marketplace. A4WP membership includes key companies in mobile electronics such as Broadcom, HTC, IDT, Intel, Marvell, NXP, Qualcomm, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Samsung Electronics, Texas Instruments and TDK. A4WP membership also encompasses a diverse range of companies that reach every facet of the wireless power ecosystem including Ever Win International, Gill Industries, Mantaro Product Development Services, MET Labs, Peiker Acustic, PowerWoW, Triune Systems and Wurth Elektronik.
In Korea at the end of June, the A4WP held the first Plugfest—an event at which A4WP members tested their products for interoperability with the wireless charging standard—hosted by member company TTA.
With the formal approval of a wireless power specification, A4WP established a certification working committee the task of which it is to define official processes and procedures to test and certify wireless power receivers and transmitters. This will involve the coordinated efforts of wireless power transfer manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers and independent test and certification laboratories. A4WP plans to release its product certification program in the fall.
A4WP has also established a parallel branding committee that is overseeing the development of a consumer-facing brand. This includes a formal naming convention, which A4WP plans to unveil later this year. The new branding will allow consumers to easily identify A4WP certified wireless power enabled devices and charging locations.