Well put Jacek Debowski! (Technical Insights Research Analyst for Frost & Sullivan).
Finally someone gets what it will take for wireless power to go mainstream in consumer applications. In an extract from the latest Frost & Sullivan report Debowski notes: “Companies have already started offering wireless charging systems with consumer electronics. However, it can become a standard feature in smartphones or laptops only when it offers higher efficiency and power, electromagnetic interference compliance and flexibility in the positioning of the charged device.” See the original article here.
We have been saying this since we were founded in 2007. Lets discuss Jacek’s points one by one.
At PowerbyProxi we have focused on providing:
In my opinion there are a few things missing from Jacek Debowski’s comment quoted above, but I was impressed to see electromagnetic interference compliance on his list. So few comment on this important topic which puzzles me, especially when so few flexible positioning technology platforms can actually meet it!
What did I think was missing? The other key things that are critical for widespread adoption of wireless power in consumer electronics are:
Some say we are the only ‘real’ wireless power company as a result 😉
The CEA has formed 2 working groups to drive specifications, with the goal of establishing a large market for Consumer Electronics:
WG4 System Requirements for Highly Resonant Wireless Power Systems
Summary: “WG4 is developing ANSI/CEA-2042.4. This standard will define system requirements for highly resonant wireless power systems. Highly resonant wireless power systems are systems that transfer power wirelessly using magnetic induction, and that require magnetic resonance.” This is also referred to in the industry as loosely coupled.
WG5 System Requirements for Tightly-Coupled Wireless Power Transfer
Summary: “WG5 is developing ANSI/CEA-2042.5. This standard will define system requirements for a tightly coupled wireless power system. A tightly coupled wireless power system is an inductive wireless power transfer system with a strong magnetic linkage between the primary and secondary coil.”
Why would any consumer care for another tightly coupled solution? Isn’t this just another manifestation of the specification released by the Wireless Power Consortium with all its limitations?
I believe WG4 is solving real customer needs to enable practical solutions for Consumer Electronics. Don’t you?
PowerbyProxi is a member of WG4 and one of the main contributors to this specification. We are leveraging our world class team in wireless power and many years of delivering practical solutions that customers want.
Let me now your thoughts.