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Wireless charging products show off standard

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless charging? standards? Qi?

Several members of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) are demonstrating new products and prototypes that use the universal wireless charging standard Qi at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Qi, the world's first low-power wireless charging standard, brings simplicity, convenience, and flexibility to consumers because it ensures interoperability between any Qi-enabled device and any Qi charger, regardless of brand or manufacturer.

Qi is supported by leading CE and technology companies from around the world. Qi-compatible chargers and receivers are easily identified by the distinctive Qi logo indicating that they have been tested and certified by the WPC.

The products to be shown include an Energizer iPhone 4 sleeve, an addition to their recently launched Inductive Charger and accessories; Fulton Innovation transmitter; Leggett & Platt Helios wireless chargers; and a Texas Instruments bqTESLA wireless power reference design and evaluation kit.

The WPC is also hosting a demonstration of new Qi devices and prototypes and a presentation about the future of wireless charging featuring an expanded list of members including LG, Sanyo, LS Cable and Leggett & Platt.

Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless communications, iSuppli, will present on wireless power charging and moderate a panel of experts from ConvenientPower, Energizer, Fulton Innovation, Nokia, and Philips Electronics. Teng will share research on the industry growth projections for wireless charging, with panelists discussing the Qi standard, how it impacts competition, the benefits of interoperability, and the roadmap for a future that includes medium-power and high-power standards.

WPC members also look to incorporate Qi into a wide range of infrastructure settings, including homes, hotels, airports, convenience stores and restaurant chains. Recently, Leggett & Platt unveiled Qi-enabled charging surfaces at the Windsor Airport in Canada.

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