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PowerbyProxi joins Wireless Power Consortium

15 May 2013

PowerbyProxi has become the newest member of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), a group which sets the global standard for wireless charging.

The Kiwi tech company has also joined WPC’s management team, and says it will share its expertise and intellectual property to help advance the technical capabilities of the Qi standard.

The wireless power solutions provider will contribute to the WPC by extending specifications to address applications for smartphones, as well as higher power tablets, PC ultrabooks and notebooks, and high power kitchen appliances, while ensuring backward compatibility with the existing Qi ecosystem.

Lower power devices such as gaming controllers, toys, media players and cameras will also be covered according to PowerbyProxi executive director Greg Cross.

“The WPC has built a significant worldwide market based on the Qi specification and continues to gain momentum,” Cross says.

“Becoming a full member, and participating in the management team, enables us to leverage our proven expertise by making contributions that will deliver solutions for a better user experience while expanding to a wider range of consumer devices and appliances."

A venture-backed company which initially spun-out of the University of Auckland, PowerbyProxi has become a world-recognised centre of excellence for wireless power within the industry.

“We are looking forward to PowerbyProxi playing an active role on the management team of the WPC,” says Menno Treffers, Chairman, WPC.

“PowerbyProxi is a pioneer in highly resonant wireless power and the WPC will leverage their expertise in spatial freedom and multi-device charging to deliver more choices to consumers.”

The rapidly expanding Qi ecosystem is designed to deliver wireless power wherever consumers need it – in their homes, offices, cars and public locations.

The Qi standard ensures interoperability, regardless of manufacturer or brand, and is backed by over 130 leading companies of the WPC including: ConvenientPower, Energizer, HTC Corporation, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility Inc., Nokia Corporation, Panasonic, Philips Electronics, PowerbyProxi, Research In Motion, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation, Texas Instruments, Toshiba Corporation, and Verizon Wireless.