On Jan. 5 2015, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) announced that both organizations have signed a letter of intent to merge, with the aim to create one organization that would accelerate the availability of wireless charging technology on a global scale. The merger is expected to close by mid-2015.
A severe obstacle to mass adoption of wireless power technology has always been the fragmented technological landscape, where wireless power systems are incompatible with one another. Requiring a specific type of transmitter to be paired with a specific receiver type negates most of the convenience consumers have been led to believe they can expect from wireless power. Moreover, companies all along the value chain have understandably been reluctant to invest in wireless power until they have more clarity on which technology specification will emerge as the global standard.
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