AirFuel Alliance Enables Higher Power Capabilities Spanning the Wireless Charging Ecosystem

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Wireless Power Standards Group Also Announces Certification Program Enhancements

At its members meeting last week, AirFuel™ Alliance, the industry leader in wireless charging, confirmed the advanced ability to deliver higher power wireless charging via both inductive and resonant technologies.

AirFuel Alliance has been committed to expanding power transmission and efficiency across its inductive and resonant technologies since its products were first introduced to the global market. AirFuel, under the former Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), has been working since early 2015 on the technology to deliver up to 50W, supporting devices including tablets, phablets and laptops.

AirFuel was the first wireless power standards organization to put forth an inductive specification aimed at faster charging. Powermat Technologies, an AirFuel member company, led the effort to support higher powered charging across mobile devices and beyond. In February 2016, Powermat announced an upgrade to their third generation and above Powermat Charging Spots to support 15W charging, which is expected to roll out in participating venues later this year. The upgrade allows consumers with supported devices to charge them even faster.

“Thanks to the ubiquity of the mobile workforce and an increased desire to charge away from the wall socket, consumers are seeking faster charging options all around, including wireless power,” said Ron Resnick, President of AirFuel Alliance. “The challenge for the wireless charging industry that has become an ever-present concern is providing an ecosystem for charging consumer electronic devices that offer a charge close to or equal to the plugged charging experience.”

Additional activity from the AirFuel members meeting:

  • AirFuel announced availability of an Automated Test System (ATS) tester from Comarch. This tester will be used by AirFuel Authorized Test Labs (ATL) to verify compliance with the magnetic resonant standard, a crucial step in the product certification process and a key to ensure consumers enjoy a consistent wireless charging experience across all resonant certified products.
  • TTA, an AirFuel member company, is the first ATL to add transmitter resonator testing to the scope of services offered to members. Members can now work with TTA to obtain test results for their innovative transmitter resonator designs suitable for submission to the resonator administration program.
  • Semtech Corporation, a member of the AirFuel board of directors, demonstrated the industry’s first certified tri-mode wireless charger. Semtech’s concept tri-mode wireless charging transmitter has been certified by the AirFuel Alliance for both the inductive and resonant standards, as well as another industry inductive standard.
  • A member expo showcased the innovative products being developed by AirFuel member companies. Demos included next generation inductive, resonant and multimode systems from members including Comarch, jjPlus, NuVolta, Powermat, and Semtech.

About AirFuel Alliance
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 leading technology and consumer electronics companies, including board of directors companies AT&T, Duracell, Flex, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technology, Intel, MediaTek, ON Semiconductor, Powermat Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Semtech Corporation, Starbucks and WiTricity.

SOURCE AirFuel Alliance

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