When it comes to wireless charging, the Qi standard has quickly become the most popular, though A4WP and PMA still have their place – just arguably to a lesser extent. Qi tends to be the most common for integration directly into mobile devices, while the latter standards are often used in cases and other add-on accessories. In order to be more competitive, A4WP and PMA announced they were merging together earlier this summer, but now they have officially unveiled the name of the new, merged effort, the AirFuel Alliance.
The AirFuel Alliance might face some pretty strong competition from the Wireless Power Consortium (which is behind Qi), but don’t less this fool you, this newly merged alliance has 195 companies that are members, including big names like Intel and Duracell. Of course, many of these companies are also backing Qi, such as Samsung and Qualcomm.
Future products that use A4WP and PMA technology will feature the new AirFuel branding, with the new alliance promising to support inductive and resonant technologies in the use of multimode systems.
A better user experience through the development of shared wireless charging standards… As inductive and resonant technologies advance, AirFuel Alliance continues to support the use of multimode systems – ones that operate with both versions of the standard.
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