Last month, we heard about Apple joining the Wireless Power Consortium. While we considered that a huge win for them, their main competitor AirFuel alliance, has received some new members as well. The Wireless charging designers revealed 10 new members that have joined their alliance. The two most notable members include Huawei and Bose. And besides that, they also took part of the MWC 2017 conference where they also launched brand new AirFuel wireless chargers and technological solutions.
The full list of the recently joined AirFuel members include Huawei, Motorola Solutions, Bose Corporation, Gengee, GaN Systems, Handeholder Products, Redpine Signalds, Zonecharge WirelessPower Technology, Shenzhen Hongizshend Technology and Metaboards. Looks like AirFuel is still in the game after all.
Wireless charging standards and the technology as well, have been discussed about a lot in the recent years. And while Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard is currently the most popular and widely used, AirFuel has also been trying to increase their partnered companies. Companies such as Samsung and LG have especially shown interest in the AirFuel technology. Especially since it includes resonant, inductive and RF solutions.
LG has for example included support for AirFuels wireless charging standard in their newest G6 flagship smartphone. It was also revealed at the MWC 2017! So you can charge the phone at both home and Starbucks, currently the most popular company that has been using AirFuel for years now.
“This is going to be a watershed year for wireless charging,” said Ron Resnick, President, AirFuel Alliance. “In addition to inductive, expect to see significant adoption of resonant wireless charging and the introduction of RF technology. The commercialisation of wireless charging is not going to be driven by one company or one technology. At AirFuel, our members are working together to create an ecosystem that will support true, widespread adoption based upon best use case.”