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WiPower: wireless charging for Snapdragon powered devices and more

Jan 5, 2015

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It’s true that technology has brought a lot of great things into people’s lives. However, wires are not usually considered among these. When it was just a couple of lamps, fine, but with each decade came more plugs vying for power.

Well now we have a solution. The next-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processors will support Qualcomm® WiPower™ technology, bringing wireless charging to the chipset level on devices powered by these Snapdragon processors.

Be sure to visit the numerous WiPower demos taking place during CES 2015, including the first implementation of WiPower in a Snapdragon 810 device. Plus we will showcase chargers built right into furniture and cars. In fact, Qualcomm WiPower is an honoree of a 2015 CES Best of Innovation Award for portable power. WiPower also made the Top 10 Product Designs of 2014 list from TIME.

No more choosing whether to charge a phone or a tablet first. With WiPower, multiple devices can be charged at the same time. Any compatible device placed within the charge area, typically up to several inches, can be charged. Direct physical contact isn’t even needed.

As a founder of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), Qualcomm is instrumental in creating a wireless charging technology that is truly flexible and meets consumer needs in accordance with the A4WPs Rezence™ specification. Along this path, Qualcomm WiPower recently accomplished two firsts within the A4WP, the first fully certified wireless charging receiver and transmitter units, and the first certified multi-device transmitter.

Having developed this technology for over 8 years now, Qualcomm is a key inventor when it comes to magnetic resonant-based wireless power. We hold numerous patents and patent applications covering devices and techniques central to wireless charging for smartphones and other consumer electronic products.

We consider WiPower to be a reflection of Qualcomm’s dedication to driving the future of mobile technology. After all, a truly mobile world should be truly wireless, and now we’re one step closer to cutting the cords.

Qualcomm WiPower is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Availability of WiPower feature within Snapdragon 810 processors is subject to OEM selection.

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Geoff Gordon

Staff Manager, Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.