December 8, 2014
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Wireless charging has been growing in popularity over the past few years, both with consumers and OEMs alike. The technology is extremely convenient when it comes to setting your phone on a desk or a bedside table, but it really falls short when you need your device charged quickly. Today’s wireless charging technology only charges devices at a rate of 5 Watts, meaning your device takes a significant number of hours to fully charge. That will all be a thing of the past come early 2015, as Freescale, a chip manufacturer, aims to put out a quick-charging wireless charging unit.

The new wireless charging solution will be able to charge devices at 15 Watts, similar to what we see in Qualcomm’s quick charging technology. Freescale explains that their new chips could charge 4,000mAh phones and tablets in only a couple of hours. As for industry standards, the new technology will be both Qi and PMA compliant, thanks to support from the two major wireless charging standards, Wireless Power Consortium and the Power Matters Alliance.

Dennis Cabrol, Freescale’s Director of Global Marketing and Business Development, explains:

Today’s mobile products offer a broader range of features, functionality and form factors than ever before, requiring developers of wireless charging systems to accommodate larger batteries and enable faster recharge speeds. Freescale’s industry-first 15 W solution is engineered to address these evolving market requirements, while helping to streamline product development and unleash design creativity.

These new chips will be ready for device manufacturers in Q1 2015, so we could even see them in consumer devices midway through next year. Freescale wants to keep pushing the wireless charging wattage higher and higher, and hopes to lead the industry in charging technology.

Jimmy Westenberg
Lover of all things Android, Star Wars, dogs, coffee and music.
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