WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) today announced that 110 consumer products are now authorized to carry the Qi (pronounced "chee") logo, comprising a global installed base of 8.5 million units. Qi is the global, open standard for wireless charging and power supported by an expanding list of more than 120 industry-leading companies.
The new Qi-certified products range from smartphones with fully integrated Qi wireless charging, like the LG Optimus LTE2 and the Panasonic Eluga, as well as charging pads, gaming controllers, Blu-ray Disc recorders, smartphone docking speakers, automobile phone chargers, alarm clocks and battery packs, to charging modules that can be installed in tabletops and furniture. Plus, the Qi standard is capable of providing full support and compatibility for longer-distance magnetic resonance technologies that charge devices from up to 40 millimeters away.
With more than 100 products authorized to carry the Qi logo and 8.5 million Qi capable devices sold worldwide, the Qi charging ecosystem has achieved rapid growth and impressive marketplace traction. In the past seven months, the number of Qi-certified devices, accessories, chargers, and parts has more than doubled as companies around the globe integrate Qi technology directly into their products. Globally, 8.5 million consumers rely Qi-capable devices, with the largest markets in the U.S. (6 million units), Japan (2 million units), and Korea (500,000 units).
"Since the first Qi-enabled product was certified by the WPC in 2009, there's been extraordinary growth in the number and diversity of Qi products," said WPC Chairman Menno Treffers. "The industry has chosen Qi because it's open, flexible, fully interoperable, and allows companies to create all sorts of different products and applications that seamlessly work together. As this ecosystem continues to expand into everyday products and spaces, it's changing the way we think about powering devices; they'll simply charge almost anywhere we put them."
With Qi, any device works with any Qi charger or charging surface. Devices are charged by placing them on any Qi-enabled surface such as a standalone charging pad or a charging spot integrated into everyday spaces such as cafes, restaurants, airports, automobiles, homes, offices and stores across the U.S., Asia Pacific, and Europe.
For more information about Qi and the Wireless Power Consortium, visit: www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com.
About Qi and the Wireless Power Consortium
Established in December 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium's mission is to establish Qi as the global standard for powering rechargeable electronic products. The more than 100 members of WPC include industry leaders in mobile phones, consumer electronics, batteries, semiconductors, components, wireless power technology and infrastructure such as wireless operators, furniture and automotive parts companies. Qi products are available in the United States, Asia Pacific, and Europe.
SOURCE Wireless Power Consortium