Two Wireless-Charging Advocacy Groups Merge to Consolidate Efforts
Wireless-charging standards are on a track for wider implementation now that advocacy groups A4WP and PMA are merging to create a stronger single entity.Two groups that support wireless-charging technologies are merging to formalize their previous efforts to collaborate on standards and technologies for the easier charging of mobile devices. The two groups, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), unveiled their pending merger Jan. 5 in a joint announcement. The merger aims to "help establish an organization that will accelerate the availability and deployment of wireless-charging technology on a global scale," the groups stated. The merger is expected to be completed by mid-2015. Back in February 2014, the two groups had announced an earlier collaboration agreement that will now lead to the pending merger. "One of the main objectives of the new organization is to accelerate the transition to volume economies of scale of wireless power transfer technology to benefit consumers, mobile network operators, consumer-facing commercial and retail brands, and the consumer electronics industry, including its semiconductor and manufacturing partners," the group stated. "Consumers will gain access to an exciting and enhanced battery-charging and power-management experience sooner across the full spectrum of devices in daily use. Mobile-network operators and commercial and retail brands can commit to the necessary investment confident of stable, long-term evolution and management of innovative wireless-charging technologies."
Kamil Grajski, the board chairman and president of the Alliance for Wireless Power, said in a statement: "The 'standards war' narrative presents a false choice. Consider that the typical mass-market smartphone contains a multiplicity of radio technologies (Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, 3G, LTE), each built around a vibrant ecosystem, whereas other devices are single-mode (Bluetooth headset). The A4WP PMA merger is in the same spirit: enable the market to apply technologies to their best use cases."