Powermat has said the move is to contribute its technology to further advance inductive wireless charging capabilities in WPC’s Qi wireless charging standard ecosystem. Qi and Powermat have been competing for wireless charging standards but now there seems to be a unification of types. The linking of Powermat could help unify the wireless charging criteria resulting in a wider adoption of their technology.
Qi’s major competition is the PMA/ AirFuel benchmark, that was developed by Powermat. But in 2017, Apple had signed on Qi wireless charging due to its iPhone models giving it a huge lead. In a media announcement, Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski stated: “Qi has come to be the dominant wireless charging standard on the current market and the newly launched Apple iPhone lineup is evidence of this success. Powermat will share technology creation to further unlock wireless charging potential, and will expedite the development of the charging infrastructure”
With this joining, Powermat has come to be one of those over 360 businesses which encourage the Qi standard such as technology giants such as Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Delphi amongst others.
Meanwhile, the Menno Treffers, Chairman, WPC stated, “By joining WPC, it [Powermat] further unifies the wireless charging ecosystem behind the Qi international standard, which will accelerate wireless charging adoption and make it even more convenient for consumers to use wireless charging wherever they go.”
Catering to the emerging demand for wireless charging fittings, several companies had been battling a standards war. The major battle was between AirFuel Alliance, of which Powermat was a part, and Wireless Power Consortium, developers of the Qi wireless charging standard. While computer makers favoured AirFuel, WPC and the Qi standard was supported by mobile manufacturers. Apple meanwhile remained at the fence for quite a while and did not present the technology. But, Apple’s announcement of embracing the Qi standard for iPhone models in September last year was a significant blog to AirFuel and Powermat.