LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AirFuel™ Alliance, the industry leader in wireless charging technologies announces global regulatory approval and worldwide expansion of its certification program for its pan-industry solutions with a broad array of products debuting in 2016.
The merging of Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance to become the AirFuel Alliance signifies a unifying leap forward for the entire wireless charging industry and members. AirFuel members now have regulatory approval of resonant products in the United States, China, and other major technology hubs around the world.
"This year we saw proof of an industry-wide consolidation with the merging of A4WP and PMA resulting in the consolidation of inductive and resonant solutions to ensure interoperability," said Ron Resnick, president of AirFuel Alliance. "As wireless charging continues to move towards being a standard form of charging, AirFuel Alliance will continue to be at the forefront of innovation, offering safe and efficient solutions from inductive to first-to-market resonant technology and in the future RF technologies."
AirFuel Alliance introduced the first global certification program that raises the bar on higher power ranges across the full spectrum of consumer electronic devices. This exclusive program has already certified more than 60 resonant components, some of which allow manufacturers committed to higher powered devices to bring 1-50 watt devices or 1-70 watts charging stations to market. The certification program provides a unified AirFuel brand, which in turn raises the bar to confirm commercial viability and trust for consumers that their products will work where they go.
As part of the continuous unifying support for both inductive and resonant magnetic wireless charging standards separately and within multimode systems, AirFuel Alliance launched the world's first ever joint inductive and resonant plugfest in October 2015 with more to come beginning in Q1 2016.
Members committed to inductive charging have saturated the consumer mobile market with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, Blackberry Priv, Motorola Droid Turbo 2, and LG G3 containing the AirFuel Inductive standard technology. Starbucks has also expanded its wireless charging reach with more stations across its global locations.
For resonant technology innovation, in June 2015, member company Qualcomm announced it can wirelessly charge phones with metal rear cases. Plus, Intel showcased its higher power charging and multi-device charging system at IFA in September, handling up to 20 watts. In October, Energous Corporation announced that it is sampling the world's first RF to DC rectifier IC, improving efficiency while reducing BOM costs. In June, member company Gill Electronics became the first to market with FCC certification for its TesLink® resonant charging transmitter and receiver products, followed by SRRC approval in December, paving the way for a robust ecosystem.
At the 2015 7th Annual Wireless Power Summit, AirFuel Alliance confirmed that it will increase its focus on charging solutions beyond 50 watts as well as deploy inductive and resonant solutions for in-home and public charging infrastructure. It has also committed development into secure user data transfer, conditional charging, cloud interface and interfaces for billing systems into 2017. For very low power AirFuel Alliance is aggressively developing technical specification to support the wearables.
AirFuel members including Qualcomm, Intel, HP, Gill Electronics, MediaTek and WiTricity will showcase a variety of magnetic resonant and inductive-based demonstrations including higher powered products for automotive, home, office and mobile at CES 2016. If you are attending the CES 2016 show and would like to schedule a meeting, please visit the booth (LVCC, South Hall 3 Lobby - SL-4).
More information about the organization can be found at www.airfuel.org.
AirFuel Alliance is an association dedicated to building a global wireless charging ecosystem based on best in industry inductive, resonant and future wireless charging technology. AirFuel Alliance's mission is to bring a diverse base of interoperable products to the global market that deliver the best wireless charging experience for consumers. Further, the Alliance continues to address future, non-magnetic technologies including RF, ultrasound and lasers that deliver power at a distance.
The organization membership is made up of 200 leading technology and consumer electronics companies, including board of directors companies AT&T, Broadcom, Duracell, Flex, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technology, Intel, MediaTek, ON Semiconductor, Powermat Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Semtech, Starbucks and WiTricity.
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