|December 17, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-12-17)|
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) is a multinational technology consortium formed in December 17, 2008 and based in Piscataway, New Jersey. Its mission is to create and promote wide market adoption of its interface standard Qi, used for wireless charging across a number of products. It is an open membership of Asian, European, and American companies, working toward the global standardization of wireless charging technology.
As of 2017, the company has over 250 individual companies, of which 25 are members of its board of management, also known as the "Steering Group".
The Wireless Power Consortium was established in 17 December 2008. It officially published the Qi interface standard and the low-power specification in August 2010. In October, Nokia joined the WPC. Huawei and Visteon became members of the WPC in November 2011. In May 2011, the consortium announced the low-power specification in May 2011 at the Auto Shanghai auto show and began to extend Qi to medium-power specifications.
The consortium announced through a press release that Qi would soon be developed for tablets, computers and automobile in January 2012. Qi's specifications were again updated in April, with the distance upped to 40mm. In May 2014, the WPC announced that over 500 phones had Qi built-in. In October 2016, the WPC, along with the AirFuel Alliance, complained against the use of the LinkCharge CT standard in commercial enterprises and businesses to use as a charging hotspot.
The company has over 220 companies as its members as of 2016, with 24 of those companies in the official board of management, called the "Steering Group". When Apple joined the WPC in February of 2017, the number of board members was increased to 25.
Membership towards the Wireless Power Consortium is open towards any entity, with four different types of membership with different fees. All types of membership add members to the organization's directory, have available OEM, ODM and engineering/testing services, are available to exclusive stock supplies, are allowed free usage of the Qi logo and trademark, partner in projects and testing, and are included in Qi's development. The fees and standard types of membership are stated below: