Powermat has said the movement would be to contribute its technology to further advance inductive wireless charging capabilities in WPC’s Qi wireless charging standard ecosystem. Qi and Powermat happen to be competing for wireless charging standards but now there seems to be a unification of types. The joining of Powermat could help merge the wireless charging standards resulting in a wider adoption of their technology.Qi’s major rival is that the PMA/ AirFuel benchmark, which was developed by Powermat. But in 2017, Apple had signed on Qi wireless charging for its iPhone models giving it a massive lead. In a press announcement, Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski stated: “Qi has come to be the dominant wireless charging benchmark on the market and the newly established Apple iPhone lineup is evidence of this success. Powermat will share technology innovation to further unlock wireless charging potential, and will expedite the development of the wireless charging infrastructure”
With this joining, Powermat has come to be one of those over 360 companies which encourage the Qi standard such as tech giants like Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Delphi amongst others.
Meanwhile, the Menno Treffers, Chairman, WPC said, “By linking WPC, it [Powermat] further unifies the wireless charging ecosystem behind the Qi global benchmark, which will accelerate wireless charging adoption and also make it more convenient for consumers to use wireless charging wherever they go.”
Catering to the emerging requirement for wireless charging accessories, many companies were battling a standards war. The significant battle was between AirFuel Alliance, of which Powermat was part, and Wireless Power Consortium, developers of this Qi wireless charging benchmark. While computer makers favoured AirFuel, WPC and the Qi standard has been supported by mobile manufacturers. Apple meanwhile stayed at the fence for a long time and did not present the technology. However, Apple’s announcement of embracing the Qi standard for iPhone models in September last year was a big website to AirFuel and Powermat.