The Wireless Power Consortium has announced version 1.2 of their Qi wireless charging standard that uses resonant charging to charge at a distance of as much as 2 inches (45mm) from the charging station.
The feature allows companies to more easily and discreetly embed wireless chargers deeper in
structures, like furniture and desktops, or utilize direct-contact, low cost, surface applications.
Best of all current Qi-enabled devices will continue to work with the new chargers, working over 30mm, meaning a seamless transition.
“The WPC is committed to advancing a specification that offers the best user experience without sacrifices in critically important areas to consumers and businesses alike,” said Menno Treffers, chairman of the WPC. “This means backward compatibility with products already in the market and maintaining high-efficiency even over greater distances.”
The new Qi chargers will also allow one charger to charge multiple devices, and will support power levels of as high as 2000 watts, allowing the charger to power even kitchen appliances or laptops.
“It is clear there is room to safely and efficiently push the distance and power limits within the Qi specification,” said Treffers. “And with more than 50 million receivers in the market and 500 certified products, Qi is well-positioned to continue its market leadership as it drives forward the global wireless charging ecosystem of manufacturers, innovators and end-users.”