AW4PとPMAが統合しAirfuel Allianceを発足(2015年9月)




競合相手のWPT と比較してみてください。: Wireless Power Transfer


A4WP : Alliance For Wireless Power

PMA : Power Matters Alliance

Merged wireless charging groups A4WP and PMA rebrand as AirFuel Alliance


Following their announcement earlier this year to merge, the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) rebranded to the AirFuel Alliance on Tuesday. The new name signifies the two groups effort to work together for a more unified smartphone and tablet wireless charging solution.

The two groups were separate over a number of years and together face a formidable competitor in the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which offers the popular Qi wireless charging standard used in many mobile devices.

The new AirFuel Alliance boasts 195 member companies to help bring its vision of wireless power everywhere, although some of those members are also WPC backers. Broadcomm, for example, is playing both sides of the fence, as is Samsung and Qualcomm, to name a few.

The AirFuel Alliance branding will begin to appear on products and documentation to help consumers understand which charging pads are compatible with their devices.

Both the AirFuel Alliance solution and competing Qi standard offer inductive and resonant wireless power transfers, making them similar. However, the two approaches aren’t yet compatible, making for situations where a device supporting one standard doesn’t work on a charging pad using the other.

Ideally, a single standard would be most beneficial for consumers but for now, there are still multiple options. With the rebranding to AirFuel Alliance at least, there’s one less name to remember when it comes to compatibility.

ワイヤレス給電技術を推進する業界団体のAlliance for Wireless Power(A4WP)とPower Matters Alliance(PMA)は、両組織を統合することで合意した。2015年1月には統合に向けて動き出していた両団体が正式に1つへまとまることになった。

ワイヤレス給電技術は、徐々にモバイルデバイスへの採用が進んでおり、たとえばグーグルの「Nexus 6」や、NTTドコモの一部機種でサポートされているワイヤレス給電技術は電磁誘導型の「Qi(チー)」だ。



Update (2017/04/03)

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