Wireless Power Consortium

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Wireless Power Consortium
FormationDecember 17, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-12-17)[1]
TypeTechnology consortium
Region served
Key people
  • Menno Treffers Chairman
  • Camille Tang Chair of Promotion Work Group
  • Laurens Swaans Chair of Low Power Work Group
  • Matt Ronning Chair of Medium Power Work Group

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.[2][3] It is an open membership of Asian, European, and American companies, working toward the global standardization of wireless charging technology.[4]

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".[5]


Official specifications of the Qi interface standard and the example of the standard in use by a charging pad and the compatible device.

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.[6] Huawei and Visteon became members of the WPC in November 2011.[7] 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.[8][9]

The consortium announced through a press release that Qi would soon be developed for tablets, computers and automobile in January 2012.[10] Qi's specifications were again updated in April, with the distance upped to 40mm.[11] In May 2014, the WPC announced that over 500 phones had Qi built-in.[12] 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.[13]


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".[14] When Apple joined the WPC in February 2017, the number of board members was increased to 25.[15]


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.[16] The fees and standard types of membership are stated below:

Type Number of companies Annual membership fee
Associate 90 US$15,000
Small Businesses 72 US$5,000
Regular 25 US$25,000
Full Member 34 US$20,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wireless Power Consortium". QInside. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ "This is Qi".
  3. ^ "Qi Group Announces Wireless Power Prototypes". eWeek Europe. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  4. ^ "An introduction to the Wireless Power Consortium standard" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Wireless Power Consortium - Member list". Wireless Power Consortium. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  6. ^ Melanson, Donald (2 October 2009). "Nokia plugs itself into the Wireless Power Consortium". Engadget. Retrieved 18 November 2016 – via AOL.
  7. ^ "WPC membership grows to 100 as Huawei and Visteon join". Telecompaper. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2016 – via Telecom.paper B.V.
  8. ^ "Medium power extension".
  9. ^ Ohlden, Anna (31 May 2011). "Qi Low Power Wireless Charging Debuts At Shanghai Auto Show". Science20. Retrieved 18 November 2016 – via ION Publications.
  10. ^ Wyoke, Elizabeth (5 January 2012). "CES Preview: Qi Wireless Charging Coming To Tablets, Laptops, Cars". Forbes. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  11. ^ Pollicino, Joe (20 April 2012). "WPC updates Qi standard, increases inductive charging distance to 40mm". Engadget. Retrieved 18 November 2016 – via AOL.
  12. ^ Corda, Victor (6 May 2014). "WPC Announces their 500 Qi-Enabled Devices Milestone - Qi Wireless Charging". Qi Wireless Charging. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  13. ^ Wilson, Richard (28 October 2016). "Wireless charging in a Starbucks near you sometime soon". ElectronicsWeekly.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Member list". Wireless Power Consortium. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  15. ^ Leswing, Kif. "This is the biggest hint yet that Apple's next iPhone will have wireless charging". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  16. ^ "Membership". Wireless Power Consortium. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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