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Wireless Charging Gains Flexibility with Qualcomm WiPower Technology

Feb 19, 2014

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Last month, the Alliance for Wireless Power (the “A4WP”) announced Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (“Qualcomm”) as one of the first companies to earn Rezence™ certification. Qualcomm received certification for its WPR3401A (wireless power receiver), WPR3501A (small device transmitter), and WPR3502 (multi-device transmitter) designs. With Qualcomm and other companies now certified, it is expected that Rezence based wireless charging products will be available to consumers this year. This achievement caps a productive 2013 when Qualcomm, along with the other members of the A4WP, proved that a more flexible and consumer friendly way to charge wirelessly was close at hand.

“Resonant based wireless charging, regarded by most in the industry as the next generation technology, is at the core of WiPower, and Qualcomm’s investment in this space,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager of wireless charging, Qualcomm Incorporated. “ Qualcomm Incorporated has contributed much to the field of wireless charging, which shows in the formidable patent portfolio that covers many areas of the technology, both for charging consumer electronics and electric vehicles.”

You won’t see wireless charging products on store shelves under the Qualcomm WiPower name. WiPower, like many Qualcomm technologies, is a wireless power reference design that is provided to licensees of Qualcomm Incorporated, giving them the tools and know-how to implement the WiPower solution.  The list of WiPower licensees continues to grow. These are companies that have signed agreements specifically to work with the WiPower solution, and include key consumer electronics accessory manufacturers, Tier One automotive suppliers, furniture manufacturers, and more. These licensees are in addition to Qualcomm Incorporated’s 3G/4G patent licensees that may have access to patents that apply to WiPower technology through their subscriber unit license agreements.

Qualcomm WiPower LE, a version of WiPower meant for lower power devices such as wearables, made its commercial debut last year in Qualcomm Toq™, the first smartwatch to include WiPower wireless charging. Qualcomm is actively investigating other wireless charging solutions in the wearables space, to potentially include fitness trackers, cameras, medical sensors, and more.

Qualcomm Toq™ shown in charger with optional wireless earphones.
Qualcomm Toq™ shown in charger with optional wireless earphones.

WiPower technology will be available as both an integrated and discrete solution. As an integrated solution, WiPower will be an included feature in the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 805 processor, and Qualcomm VIVE™ 2-stream 802.11ac solution. Expect to hear about more WiPower integration within the Qualcomm family throughout the year. As a discrete product, one may find WiPower technology as the basis for accessory products to include charging pads and surfaces, and smartphone add-on cases and back covers.

Qualcomm WiPower technology will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from February 24 – 27.  Demonstrations are planned to take place at the Qualcomm booth at Hall 3, Stand 3E10, and at the A4WP’s booth at Hall 2, Stand 2J2.

Qualcomm WiPower Technology is a technology of Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Qualcomm Toq is a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences Inc. Qualcomm VIVE is a product of Qualcomm Atheros Inc. Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and in other countries. WiPower and Toq are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated.

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Geoff Gordon

Staff Manager, Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.