Powermat has said the move would be 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 criteria but today there seems to be a unification of types. The joining of Powermat can help merge the wireless charging criteria resulting in a wider adoption of their technology.
Qi’s major competition is the PMA/ AirFuel standard, which was developed by Powermat. However, in 2017, Apple had signed Qi wireless charging for its iPhone models giving it a massive lead. In a press announcement, Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski said: “Qi has come to be the dominant wireless charging standard available on the market and the newly established Apple iPhone lineup is proof of this success. Powermat will share technology innovation to further unlock wireless charging capacity, and will expedite the growth of the charging infrastructure”
With this connecting, Powermat has become one of those over 360 companies which encourage the Qi standard such as tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Delphi amongst others.
Meanwhile, Menno Treffers, Chairman, WPC stated, “By joining WPC, it [Powermat] further combines the wireless charging ecosystem supporting the Qi international standard, which will accelerate wireless charging adoption and also make it more convenient for customers to use wireless charging wherever they move.”
Catering to the emerging requirement for wireless charging fittings, several companies were battling with a standards war. The significant battle was between AirFuel Alliance, of which Powermat was a part, and Wireless Power Consortium, programmers of the Qi wireless charging benchmark. While computer makers favoured AirFuel, WPC and the Qi standard was supported by mobile manufacturers. Apple meanwhile remained at the fence for a long time and did not present the technology. However, Apple’s announcement of embracing the Qi standard for iPhone models in September last year was a big blog to AirFuel and Powermat.