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Microsoft and Samsung Electro-Mechanics Join the Board of the Wireless Power Consortium

Companies Take a Leading Role Supporting the Widespread Adoption of Qi

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) announced today thatMicrosoft and Samsung Electro-Mechanics have joined its board.  The WPC board drives Qi’s adoption acrossmobile devices, cars, infrastructure, accessories, and products as the leadingstandard for wireless charging worldwide.

 

“Microsoft and Samsung Electro-Mechanics areimportant players in furthering Qi’s adoption in more devices, cars, products,and places,” said John Perzow, Vice President of Market Development atWPC.  “Qi leads the way in wirelesscharging with the fastest advances in inductive and resonance technology whileensuring compatibility with the entire 40+ million strong Qi ecosystem. Thatmeans that today and tomorrow, Qi products will continue to have the bestfeatures and will always work at any Qi charging spot, in the home, office, carand public locations.”

 

As Microsoft and Samsung Electro-Mechanics join the WPCboard, WPC’s membership continues to significantly grow in the past few months,with new members including IKEA, ZTE Corporation, Aircharge and many others.This growth continues the development, advancement, and adoption of the Qispecification.

 

Mobile carriers around the world including VerizonWireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, O2, and Telefonica, arecontributing to the adoption of Qi by selling tens of millions of phonesintegrated with Qi wireless charging. Consumers can now choose from over 60mobile phones, tablets and accessories, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, S4,and S3; LG Google Nexus 4; Google Nexus 7; Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1020; LGOptimus G Pro; and HTC Droid DNA. 

 

Qi is the only integrated wireless charging solutionavailable in vehicles. Qi is integrated in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee; the ToyotaAvalon, Prius, and Harrier; and Ssangyong Chairman. Recently, Audi unveiled itsupdated Phone Box center console featuring Qi. Daimler has also announced that Mercedes-Benz will be introducing Qicompatible charging for phones and tablets in its cars in 2014. CE4A, a workinggroup of leading automobile manufacturers, made Qi the wireless charging choicefor Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, and Porsche.

 

The Qi standard ensures interoperability, regardless ofmanufacturer or brand, and offers simplicity, convenience and flexibility. Qiis backed by more than 200 leading companies of the WPC, and continues to growas the global leader in wireless charging.

 

About Qi and the Wireless Power Consortium In December2008 a group of leading consumer electronics companies created the WirelessPower Consortium to establish Qi as the interoperable global standard forwireless power. The more than 200 members of the WPC include BlackBerry,ConvenientPower, Energizer, Foxconn, Haier, HTC, IKEA, LG, Microsoft, Motorola,Nokia, Panasonic, PowerByProxi, Qualcomm, Royal Philips, Samsung, SamsungElectro-Mechanics, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless, ZTE and infrastructureproviders such as wireless operators, furniture, and automotive partscompanies. As the leading wireless charging standard worldwide, Qi has broughtmore than 400 new wireless charging products to market. Qi products areavailable in North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Europe, India, Africa,and Australia.

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