Wireless Charging Standards by A4WP and PMA
Wireless charging or otherwise known as inductive charging is nothing new to us and it is certainly not new to the world. The craze of wireless charging started with a certain Palm device back in 2009. The industry was so sure that inductive charging would be a big thing in the future of smartphones at that time. That year though did not see many manufacturers taking the plunge into wireless charging with the argument that there are efficiency issues. That argument was brought forward up to last year as well. A few manufacturers did try to bank on the idea of wireless charging like Nokia with Qi made the Nokia Lumia 900 series with the accessories, and Google with their Nexus 5 just to name a few. Even with these two pushing for wireless charging, it did not catch on and just died down again.
What went wrong? The technology is available, and it has been more efficient than ever. It is even smart enough to be integrated with other sort of products. In theory it is unbeatable and it is the way to go. Of course there is the issue of different standards of charging and they are all pitted with each other. This actually brings us back to the time when each manufacturer had their own proprietary ports for charging and data trasnfer, which proved to be a large hassle and eventually standardised by Micro USB nowadays. Of course some manufacturers still use their own proprietary port for the same functions. The same issue applies here when it comes to wireless charging.
Some of the biggest names in wireless charging are Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), and Power Matters Alliance (PMA). Two of these wireless power management companies, A4WP and PMA are merging to create a proper standard for wireless charging. With less competition also the merger open up the possibility to make wireless charging more available to the public. They hope that through this merge will benefit mobile network operators, consumers, and manufacturers of mobile phones and semiconductors through better power management and wireless charging. They are yet to name their merged company name yet but that will be announced in the near future. Of course some competition is still good though little, the other big name in the industry will be sticking to their Qi platform that plenty already know and love.
To those of you that does not see the point of inductive charging though, here is why wireless charging is so important to us. It saves us the hassle of managing miles and miles of cables in what is already a clutter of cables at home. It also saves us sometime and worry about whether our devices are charged up or not, all you have to do with wireless charging is place your device on the designated area and it will start charging while if you use cables you waste a few seconds finding the cable and connecting your cable to the charging port. May not be that much time but what if you forgot? It could ruin your whole day, let us face it the smartphone is a big part of our lives now and we cannot live without it. Wireless charging could also be more reliable than using your ports, especially since some Micro USB ports tend to not work at times. The issue with Micro USB is that the thin connector that is stuck in the port is quite flimsy and would break at any given time if not careful. With wireless charging you do not even need to bother with the connector. Now I am not saying that we should do away with the ports, keep the ports because we still need it for a backup purpose and data transfer. But we also want wireless charging, its the way forward.
With this merger, there are still plenty of unknowns but yet with more possibilities. We do hope that they do come up with a sort of standard that would fit in the world. With all the benefits offered by wireless charging we can hardly wait for their solutions.