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Your next smartphone is now closer to wireless charging

Lucas Mearian | Feb. 13, 2014
The consolidation of two groups should help the industry standardise -- and spread.

IHS's Sanderson is hopeful that all three wireless power consortiums can eventually work together on universal standards. Until then, handset, tablet and other electronic device manufacturers will remain wary about choosing one technology over another, fearful they'll make the wrong bet.

Perzow said the WPC is in talks with the PMA and the A4WP.

"But let's be clear," he said. "What PMA and A4WP announced is not one merged group. They both are filling gaps with technology the other didn't have," Perzow said.

"When you buy Qi, you know it will work with whatever technology and features evolve down the road," he continued. "Keeping this compatibility is a top goal, and we're very interested and eager to cooperate with anyone that shares that goal, Including PMA and A4WP."

An example of Texas Instrument's wireless charging coil and chip technology. The device can be much smaller and would be the electrical receiver in a mobile device.


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