Wireless Charging gathers speed and gains awareness


Five years is a long time – especially in the technology business. Since the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) released the first version of the Qi standard in 2010, a quiet revolution has been taking place in wireless charging for handheld and wearable devices.

According to leading market analyst firm, IHS Technology, 2015 will be a pivotal year. Awareness of the technology by consumers in key markets such as the USA, UK and China has jumped from 36 percent to 76 percent in just the last year.

At this point, only one in five people are actually using the existing technology – but this is sure to grow rapidly as charging opportunities become available in the home and public spaces – and even in some luxury automobiles. Once people have used wireless charging, nine out of ten report being satisfied – the challenge for the industry is to make it available to allow people to experience it.

 All of the elements for successful rapid growth are in place. The WPC’s Qi standard is quickly becoming the ‘de-facto’ standard. Major device manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple are shipping compatible products now. In fact, it is predicted that over 120 million mobile phones with wireless charging capability will ship in 2015.

 If you have not seen wireless charging yet, you can expect to very soon. Earlier this year Starbucks and McDonalds both announced that wireless charging will be rolled out in their stores. Expect to see it in hotels as well – WiFi had been a basis for choosing hotels for business travellers – now it’s expected, and wireless charging is the new differentiator in the battle to fill rooms.

Now that Swedish furniture giant, Ikea started to sell new furniture with the technology built in – or kits which can be retro-fitted to existing pieces, it is estimated that over 10 million units will be sold to early-adopting flat-packers and DIY’ers this year alone.

One of the downsides of early solutions is that the device has to be precisely placed to receive the charging energy. Toshiba’s TB6865AFG transmitter addresses this issue with the ability to power multiple charging coils and when a device is detected to direct the energy to the relevant coil to achieve optimum efficiency.

To learn more about Toshiba’s intelligent wireless charging solutions and how they can help develop optimized charging solutions, please click herehttp://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/eu/design-support/innovationcentre/whitepapers/tcm0002_WirelessCharging.html

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