Although wireless charging is poised for major growth in 2011 and beyond – growing to $23.7 billion by 2015 up from just $123.9 million in 2010 – it will take several years for manufacturers to fully implement the technology in their devices, says a new report from IHS iSuppli.
The low-power wireless charging segment has become a two-horse race—WPC and the alliance of Powermat. By January 2011, each camp had significant accomplishments in the ecosystem. However, there are still limited commercial products available in the market.
One way that we believe that the market can spur adoption is the formation of a common standard that would ensure interoperability among the solutions being developed. Currently, most of the solutions on the market are based on proprietary technology, so one offering won’t work with the charger pad of another.
A common goal of the wireless charging industry also is to provide greener, more environmentally friendly solutions. A universal solution not only will fit the power profiles of various devices, the solution itself will be intelligent – shutting down a device automatically after it is fully charged, not wasting power when no transmitters are detected on the surface, and flexible enough to be placed in any position on a charging pad.
The ecosystem and industry alliances are rapidly forming for the low power devices. It’s now up to OEMs to deliver products with beneficial solution out to the public and make consumers aware.
Until these measures are taken, the wireless charging segment will remain fragmented and consumers will hesitate to embrace any solution that might not be promoted in the long term.