Welcome to the PMA Monthly Newsletter
Power Matters Alliance
Welcome to the first newsletter from the Power Matters Alliance! This newsletter is intended to be a monthly digest of the most important information from the PMA and will serve as a single source for industry news and PMA updates related to events, membership, specifications, certification and more. The newsletter will only be sent to active members in the PMA in order to deliver the most relevant information. This newsletter is part of our execution plan to deliver value back to our members. We look forward to providing exciting news each month.
There are many signs of the tremendous growth that the PMA is experiencing. Since February, PMA's membership has tripled and our sights are set on 100 PMA members before the end of 2013. The diversity of companies joining the PMA like DuPont, demonstrates a healthy alliance inclusive of many industries that can ensure the longevity of the standard. DuPont plans to embed wireless charging technology to integrate into DuPont Corian® surfaces in public and residential spaces where power is needed most.
Internally, the alliance has been working hard to deliver our members value well beyond growing our network of members. 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.
PMA Membership Update
Power Matters Alliance
PMA Membership is growing at an incredible rate. Membership has tripled since February of this year. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PMA has reached 89 members! Please welcome the newest members who have joined the PMA in the last 30 days:
You will find our complete list of members at our website in the "Our Members" section.
Many member companies have made their own investment decisions in the development of PMA supported devices. The alliance has been working hard to support those efforts and the rapid publication of System Release 1.0 specifications has been a top priority. The PMA is pleased to announce PMA Receiver Specification – System Release 1.0 has been approved for final verification and validation by the Inductive Power Working Group (IPG)! This group has made outstanding progress and will be focusing on the Transmitter, Host Control Interface, and the Removable Receiver Interface specifications for System Release 1.0 in the coming months. Currently, developing a world-class certification program is a major focus of the team right now. The PMA Pre-certification Program for Receivers is already in place for those companies embracing System Release 1.0. The following is our technical and certification roadmap for the remainder of this year.
The Power Matters Alliance was founded on the principle of providing open standards to ensure global interoperability for PMA compliant devices. To accomplish this goal, we invite our members to engage in the alliance by tracking or contributing to our technical working group activates. If you have questions as to which group would best serve your company’s objectives, we would be pleased to offer information and recommendations.
||Inductive Power Working Group
||IPG June 26
||Resonance Power Working Group
||RGP June 25
||Certification Working Group
||CWG June 4
||Sustainability Working Group
||Regulatory Working Group
||Marketing Advisory Council
Israeli wireless-power Powermat startup buys Finnish rival
Powermat Technologies, the Israeli wireless-power startup, took a major strategic step, agreeing to buy its Finnish rival PowerKiss for a price estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars. The acquisition, whose purchase price was not officially revealed but involves a mix of cash and shares, brings the Israeli company a major presence in the European market. PowerKiss's Helsinki headquarters will become the operations center for Powermat, which until now has been focused on the U.S. market.
Consumer electronics: The next frontier
Distinguished members of IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization, have found that advances made in wireless power, remote sensing and voice activation for space travel and exploration will play an increasingly significant role in the advancement of consumer electronics products used by the average human being here on earth.
Focus: Wireless power for tiny medical devices
American Physical Society
Medical electronic implants could be powered wirelessly, without the need for batteries or bulky receiver coils, if an approach described in Physical Review Letters pays off. The researchers propose a new design to allow wireless power transfer to even sub-millimeter-sized devices and show that, in theory, it should deliver enough power to drive a pacemaker.
The future of wireless power: Charging tables and parking lots
The Next Web
We live in a wireless world. Cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G, 4G — the always on, always connected world of digital devices is driven by the magic of wireless. But all our devices, from smart phones to laptops, still rely on cords and plugs for charging. Everyone’s had their cell phone become useless for the day when the battery dies and there’s nowhere to charge it.
Energy efficiency could cut wireless power demand 90 percent by 2020
The Energy Collective
An influx of smart phones has expanded wireless networks to the point that everyone, everywhere seems able to access the cloud. But looming mobile data needs cast a long shadow over electrical consumption – one that could quadruple global network power demands by 2015. A new study from the GreenTouch consortium outlines energy efficiency measures that could reduce the net energy consumption of global data and communications networks up to 90 percent by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.
Now it's wireless charging
A tech company has developed technology that will allow the next generations of tablet computers to charge smartphones – simply by pressing the two together. In this gadget-obsessed world, it could prove to be a useful feature for people on-the-go who find themselves with a low cellphone battery, but plenty of juice left on their tablet.
Utilities: German drive to green power too costly for consumers
Reuters via Yahoo News
Germany's government must curb the costs of its unhindered expansion of subsidized renewable energy, utility industry group BDEW said, fearing electricity prices risk becoming too burdensome for consumers. German household power is among the most expensive in Europe, due to fees passed on to enable payments of above-market prices to producers of green power. This is done via feed-in tariffs, the core element of the subsidizing law, called EEG.
FCC: Carriers must protect sensitive customer data
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a declaratory ruling calling for wireless carriers to protect customer proprietary network information (CPNI) stored on end-user devices. The data in question includes call logs, duration and a device's location at both the beginning and conclusion of a call.
Wireless Power Summit 2013
Wireless Power Summit 2013 is planned for Dec. 5-6 in Austin, Texas. In addition to having a booth at the event, PMA will participate in a discussion panel of standards organizations including WPC and A4WP so we expect a lively debate! Key partners of the PMA will also be giving presentations. PMA members can register at the super early-bird price of $899 until the conference a $400 discount off the full conference fee and 10 percent discount on sponsorships or exhibit table top packages.
PMA Plugfest 2013
The PMA is planning a Plugfest for Q3/Q4 2013 that would 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. Please contact Gordon Antonello for interest in this event.
Mobile World Congress 2014
Mobile World Congress 2014 is planned for Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain. More details to follow as the event approaches.