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OPENING REMARKS

PMA's continued commitment to drive more alignment within the wireless charging industry has created opportunities to accelerate market adoption of wireless charging for our members. The PMA is now enlisting the help of Flextronics Power Solutions to quickly bring this technology to market, leveraging their scale and years of experience developing consumer electronics. Flextronics Power has joined the PMA board of directors, adding to an influential group of industry leaders which also includes AT&T, Duracell, Powermat Technologies, Starbucks and the U.S. Government's Energy Star (non-voting).

Flextronics Power Solutions is one of the most respected global providers of end-to-end supply chain solutions for electronics; designing and manufacturing devices used by billions of consumers worldwide. Flextronics will use its vast network of resources to develop products for PMA members and promote PMA technology among the general consumer public. More details...

All PMA board members, including Flextronics, will be present at the next PMA Members Conference planned for June 10-11, 2014 in Fremont, California, at UL Verification Services. This will be an incredible opportunity to network with other companies including the board and get the most recent updates on the status of PMA related activities like certification and specifications development. The last conference had over 100 attendees from more than 50 companies. This event will also be hosted in conjunction with the next PMA PlugFest following directly after the Member Conference June 12-13, 2014. Therefore we expect an outstanding turnout and we look forward to seeing you there!

As the next PMA system release progresses, the PMA is seeing an increased interest in members seeking PMA device certification. Multiple devices have either passed certification or are in the queue to be certified soon and PMA will be hosting the second PlugFest for 2014 in June! PMA Certified devices will also be published to the public website soon so stay tuned.

As a not-for-profit company, our charter is to build the organization in a way that best serves its members. We believe we have a world-class team in place and you are invited to contact any of us with questions, comments, or concerns regarding continued membership or any other topic related to the PMA.


MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Please welcome the newest members who have joined since the last PMA newsletter: You will find our complete list of members at our web site in the "Our Members" section. Our collective success depends on continued growth of this network. If there are any companies or contacts that you would recommend for membership, please email the details to membership@powermatters.org.

PMA and A4WP Agreement Details
  • PMA adopts the A4WP Rezence magnetic resonance charging specification
  • A4WP adopts the PMA magnetic inductive charging specification
  • A4WP adopts the PMA Open Network API for network services management
The A4WP BSS specification (Rezence) is now available to PMA members on the PMA Member Workspace as well as the Agreement FAQ. Please contact Chris Romano with any additional questions related to the agreement. The leadership teams are having ongoing conference calls to close out a definitive agreement between the two organizations.


TECHNICAL UPDATE

Meetings for the PMA Network Working Group (NWG) have begun! NWG is responsible for development and maintenance of network communication strategies and protocols. To date, the NWG has approved multi-volume document structure for the Wireless Power Transfer Network (WPTN) Specification and is now developing initial drafts of volumes included in the first release.

Publication text for v2.00 of the PMA Inductive Wireless Power and Charging specification for both the PMA receiver and PMA transmitter are now posted to the Resources tab of the PMA Member Workspace. These revisions include modifications that account for issues identified during the most recent PMA PlugFest. Publication text for the PMA Certification Manual, PlugFest Event Process Document, PMA Sustainability Requirements and PMA Regulatory Requirements have also been posted to the PMA Member Workspace. IPG is now focusing its work on System Release 1 Enhancements which includes 15W power, multi-coil transmitter configurations, extended transmitter range, enhanced network communication, and multimode operation guidelines.

Summary of the technical development activities for the next three (3) months:

Technical Development Activities


WORKING GROUPS SNAPSHOT


Group Full Working Group Name
Upcoming
Conference Calls
(US Pacific)
CWG Certification Working Group May 29
IPG Inductive Power Working Group May 15
NWG Networking Working Group May 27
RPG Multimode Power Working Group May 28
RWG Regulatory Working Group None
SWG Sustainability Working Group None


CERTIFICATION PROGRAM UPDATE

UL Verification Services of Fremont California has successfully completed testing of three products for PMA certification this month with many more in the queue for May/June. At the beginning of April, UL trained the remaining PMA Accredited labs (AT4 and TUV) in order to launch global operations. The next phase in the launch is a final audit of these labs which is targeted for completion by the end of June for Taiwan, Japan, Europe, Korea and China.

PMA is now focused on the launching a Transmitter Certification program. Since the release of the transmitter technical specifications is complete, the CWG has issued a call for contributions for the Compliance Test Procedures, which is the first step in this phase of the program. The PMA is working out program details including key milestones that will be made available shortly.


INDUSTRY NEWS


One automaker takes the lead to offer wireless charging systems for electric vehicles
The Motley Fool
Volkswagen plans to offer wireless charging for its plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles beginning in about 2017, which would make it the first automaker to offer such a factory option, unless a rival beats it to the punch. If another automaker does cruise by VW on this front, it will probably be Toyota Motors, as the Japanese automaker has recently begun verification testing of its wireless technology with the Prius. Nissan Motors, BMW, Mercedes' parent Daimler, and Geely's Volvo unit are also reportedly developing and testing wireless charging tech.
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Keeping the promise of wireless charging
ZDNet
Wireless charging is a promise yet to be kept. For several years, hardware makers have been talking about how we'll be able to wirelessly charge our devices anywhere, cutting the very last cord. Yet, while there are several smartphone models and a few concept devices that use it, wireless charging is yet to become a widespread phenomenon.
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Awesome new wireless charging technology can power 40 phones at once
TechnoBuffalo
If you're a regular visitor to TechnoBuffalo you’ve probably noticed that we're a little obsessed with wireless charging. So when we learned about the technology being developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology it pretty much blew our minds. The South Korean research center has developed a new system for wireless charging that can power up to 40 smartphones at the same time from up to five meters away, potentially making power cords a thing of the past.
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WHAT'S HOT

Averna PMA Wireless Receiver Tester
The Averna PMA Wireless Receiver Tester is available to companies developing PMA compatible products. The tester runs automated steps to verify the performance of receiver devices using the PMA specifications. This approach can dramatically speed up development and reduce the risk of any unknowns prior to certification. Check out a video of the tester here!

Kyocera Phone with PMA Built-in:
Kyocera Hydro Vibe is the newest addition to Kyocera's successful Hydro Series of waterproof Android smartphones, all of which can be completely submerged in up to one meter (3.28 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. Most importantly, the Kyocera Hydro VIBE has released with PMA wireless charging built-in!

Wireless Charging Consumer Insights Report: IHS Technology will soon expand its industry-leading coverage of the wireless power and charging market with a new offering: Wireless Charging Consumer Insights –2014

Launch of the PMA Network Working Group (NWG): This is an important evolution of the PMA technical specifications and we encourage any interested company to get involved by updating their profile on the PMA Workspace. Contributions are already being accepted and the next scheduled meeting can be found in the Working Group Updates section.

New Marketing Director: Chris Romano is stepping into the role of Marketing and Membership Director for the PMA. Chris has over 15 years of marketing and business development experience as well as experience bringing world-class technology to market. Shea Clymer will be pursuing other opportunities in Austin, Texas, but would like to thank all the PMA members for their support and dedication to the standard. Please help us welcome Chris to the team!


PMA IN THE NEWS AND MEDIA



UPCOMING EVENTS

PMA Member Conference — June 10-11, 2014
2014 Conference Registration is LIVE! PMA is delighted to announce the next PMA Member Conference which will take place June 10-11, 2014 at the UL Verification Services facility in Fremont, CA. The objectives are to conduct face-to-face work on the technical standards, get the latest updates on PMA activities and to meet and network with other PMA members. Working group meetings will be ongoing throughout the 2 day conference as well as product demonstrations. You don't want to miss it!

PMA PlugFest — June 12-13, 2014
The next PMA Plugfest will be in conjunction with the PMA Member Conference at UL Verification Services facility in Fremont, California, June 12-13, 2014. The PlugFest will network companies developing receivers and transmitters in order to ensure interoperability across different devices. The success of this depends on as many participants from both sides as possible. Click the link to register, 2014 PlugFest Registration. We hope to see you there!

Wireless Charging / LTE World Summit — June 24, 2014
This event will be held in Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands and co-located at the premier LTE World Summit and Connected Cars event which annually attracts 3500+ attendees from the Telco and Automotive industry including Tier 1 global operators like Samsung, Huawei, Cisco, Qualcomm, Siemens and more. Register as our guest and receive a 15% discount to attend using your unique priority code 'I866V/PMA/15. More information can be found on the event website.


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