Qualcomm, Verizon join board of management of the WPC

Qualcomm Inc. and Verizon Wireless have joined the board of the Wireless Power Consortium.

The WPC is managed by the 24 companies that are a so-called “regular member” of the WPC. Each regular member has one vote in the board of management.  Each regular member has  same rights and obligations. There are no companies with special voting rights or other perks.

The board of management of the WPC (also called the “steering group”) includes many companies from the mobile phone industry  such as HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Verizon Wireless.  You can find the complete list of regular members on our website.

The mobile phone industry thrives on open standards that allow competitors equal say in the creation and evolution of key wireless technologies. Take for example 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, and WiFi: all these standards were created by standards development organizations that allow competitors a seat at the table where decisions are made.

The Wireless Power Consortium is committed to the open development of Qi. We encourage competitors to join and we create the conditions in which standards developments is fast and fair. The WPC creates the level playing field that makes it easier for members to invest in R&D and the result is more choice for consumers.

You can see the result:

a) The Qi ecosystem offers the best user experience for mobile phone users

The Qi ecosystem offers unrivaled choice of over 330 devices such as the Google Nexus 7 tablet and smartphones like the Blackberry Z30, Droid MAXX by Motorola, DROID MINI by Motorola, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 1020, and Google Nexus 4. Qi devices are sold by mobile carriers worldwide including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, E-Plus, NTT DoCoMo, O2, Sprint, T-Mobile, Telefónica, and Verizon Wireless.  A wide variety of Qi wireless charging products is available through Amazon.com and other on-line retailers.

b) The Qi ecosystem is growing fast

Membership in the WPC is up 28% in the last 6 months and over 170 companies now back Qi, including industry leaders such as Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn, and innovative startups such as Devant Technologies.

c) Qi is used to charge devices in more places than any other wireless charging solution

Qi was recently selected as the in-car wireless charging standard by a standards association representing Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen.  In addition, Mercedes-Benz has announced it will be introducing Qi-compatibility in its cars starting in 2014. Mercedes joins the Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Prius, and SsangYong Chairman, which all currently feature Qi.

 

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