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Hungry for (wireless) power, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others form alliance

May 16, 2012


The benefits of a wireless charging kit for mobile devices go far beyond than just offering a tangle-free power solution. It also looks infinitely cooler, we think.

Samsung is attempting to bring wireless charging to the forefront with the Galaxy S3 and its wireless charging accessory, tackling a challenge that saw others (such as Palm Pre) fail in the past. This time around, the Korean company has the backing of Qualcomm, as the two tech giants are now part of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), along with other members like Ever Win Industries, Gill Industries, Peiker Acustic, Powermat Technologies, and SK Telecom.

The mission of the newly formed organization is to promote the global standardization of a wireless power transfer technology, all the way from the product testing phase and certification, to regulatory compliance processes. The alliance will focus on developing new wireless power technology that is compatible with various electronic and mobile devices, as well as focusing on making it run on multiple devices at the same time.

It would certainly be convenient to have one wireless charger for all the electronic devices that each member of the family has, from Bluetooth headsets, portable gaming consoles, to phones and tablets.

While wireless power-enabled devices are still a rare sight in 2012, their number is expected to reach more than 100 million by 2015, or so says an analyst from IMS Research. The forming of an industry alliance such as the A4WP, according to Jason dePreaux, a research manager at IMS Research, will play a critical role in developing wireless power infrastructure. Samsung Electronics executive VP KiHo Kim said that AW4P will accelerate the efforts to make the technology more commercial, which will help expand its market.

If there’s one device that can help make wireless charging more popular, the Galaxy S3 certainly is a good bet. Too bad that the wireless charging kit for the phone has apparently been delayed to September.

Have you had a wireless power enabled gadget before? How was the experience like? Do you think this alliance will go anywhere?