AirFuel Alliance Global Certification Program Expands to Tablets, Notebooks and Wearables

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AirFuel Multi-Mode Inductive and Resonant Solutions Support Wireless Charging from sub 1 Watt all the Way to 70 Watts

AirFuel™ Alliance, the industry leader in wireless charging technologies born from the merger of Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance, today announced the official launch of the first global certification program that spans the full range of consumer electronics devices from wearables to smartphones, and now includes tablets, notebooks, laptops, and other electronic devices in daily use by consumers. This capability is exclusive to the AirFuel Alliance. More than 60 resonant technology components and devices have been certified to date. Manufacturers can now bring to market devices certified for 1-50 watts for the device and 1-70 watts for the charging station.

“Today marks an important milestone in delivering the next-generation wireless charging user experience,” said Ron Resnick, president of AirFuel Alliance. “Earlier this year, the Alliance for Wireless Power announced completion of the resonant Baseline System Specification Version 1.3 and now as AirFuel Alliance, we’ve followed-through with the world’s most comprehensive certification program.”

For industry, this announcement confirms the commercial viability of a multi-mode inductive and resonant solutions strategy. A multi-mode solution consisting of inductive (formerly PMA) and resonant (formerly A4WP) solutions, now unified as AirFuel, preserves investments in semiconductor design and infrastructure, while providing a clearly-defined path forward to address the broad consumer electronics market and to deliver a seamless user experience.

The AirFuel Alliance resonant certification program today features authorized test labs AT4 wireless (AT4w) and Telecommunications Technologies Association (TTA). The program is aligned with ISO 17065, an internationally recognized standard to ensure conformity in the certification of products and processes. AT4w and TTA have the global reach that enables AirFuel Alliance member companies to access a facility fully capable of testing and certifying qualified AirFuel compliant resonant products. Additional ISO 17025 ILAC-accredited test labs are expected to come online in early 2016.

“The availability today of a resonant certification program over these power ranges, devices and use cases puts to rest the idea of a technical standards battle for resonant wireless power,” said Dr. Kamil A. Grajski, chairman of the board of AirFuel Alliance. “This is confirmed in the marketplace through the increasing adoption of multi-mode AirFuel inductive and AirFuel resonant solutions, particularly in the semiconductor sector. “

More information about the organization can be found at http://www.airfuel.org.

About AirFuel
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, Flextronics, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technologies, Intel, MediaTek, ON Semiconductor, Powermat Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Semtech, Starbucks and WiTricity.

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