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Qi to feature in 75 new products at CES

Posted: 09 Jan 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless power  wireless charging  Qi 

Just as Bluetooth set the standard for exchanging data over short distances and Wi-Fi set the standard for wireless networking, Qi sets the standard for wireless power and charging, according to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) that readies to demonstrate more than 75 new products and prototypes at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show to be held from January 10 through January 13, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Qi cuts the last remaining cord in consumer electronics. Devices are charged just by placing them on any Qi-enabled surface. Simple, convenient, and flexible, any Qi-enabled device works seamlessly with any Qi charger, regardless of brand or manufacturer. Qi is backed by a growing list of over 100 industry-leading companies.

On display will be Qi-enabled smartphones and tablets, automotive consoles and cradles, furniture, gaming controllers, clock radios, first-responder equipment, mobile routers, and more.

Companies demoing Qi products at CES include: Convenient Power, Energizer, Fulton, Freescale, Haier, Hanrim Postech, Leggett & Platt, LS Cable, MAPTech, NTT Docomo, Panasonic, Philips, PLDS, PowerKiss, Sangfei, Texas Instruments, U-Way, and Wisepower.

"It's the number and types of companies supporting an interoperable solution for wireless charging that make Qi so powerful," said WPC Chairman Menno Treffers. "As we've seen with other recent specifications like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, industry-led, interoperable and open solutions beat proprietary solutions every time. When the biggest names in electronics and the leading wireless carriers, battery manufacturers, semiconductor companies, wireless power technology providers and accessory manufacturers all come together to develop one global standard, consumers win."

In the past year, Qi has experienced rapid growth, with soaring industry support, significant product launches, global supply chain growth, and expansion into new markets such as automotive. As mobile devices begin to directly integrate Qi, the industry is poised to continue its impressive growth and momentum.

- Jean-Pierre Joosting
  EE Times

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