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A4WP Announces New Wireless Power Specification

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October 30, 2012

A4WP Announces New Wireless Power Specification

By Rahul Arora
TMCnet Contributor


Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), a global and independently operated consortium focused on bringing wireless power to the consumer electronics marketplace, recently announced a more flexible wireless power specification that will allow consumers to charge their mobile devices on various compatible surfaces.

A4WP specification allows the companies to match real-world charging situations as closely as possible, while minimizing the difficulty in building products that conform to them. The specification will support simultaneous charging of multiple devices with different power requirements. Moreover, the companies can also install wireless charging applications into almost any surface and can minimize hardware requirements by leveraging existing wireless technologies.

"The Alliance for Wireless Power and its members have been focused on creating a more flexible wireless power specification that sets the stage for formal standardization in the future," said Dr. Kamil A. Grajski, president of the A4WP. "Approval of the A4WP wireless power specification establishes a true path forward for the commercialization of wireless charging that will satisfy the needs of most consumers. A4WP and its members will now set their sights on building compliant wireless applications that can be integrated by key industries including automotive, furniture and retail."

"We know from our own global research that wireless power is an attractive feature for consumers. But to see it proliferate into our mobile devices, into our cars or at our favorite coffee shop, the industry must see that it can be practically integrated into many different devices and charging surfaces," said Steve Pazol, vice president of business development at Qualcomm (News - Alert). "The A4WP specification gives integrators and manufacturers that clear path forward to integrate wireless charging into almost any type of mobile device or surface."

In related news, Broadcom (News - Alert) announced its membership in the A4WP. The A4WP is an independently-operated global industrial consortium focused on developing a flexible wireless power standard to support wireless charging of consumer electronic devices. The A4WP's members meet in Dallas on October 30 and 31 to review the A4WP standard and strategies to get wireless power into the mass consumer electronics marketplace.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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