Samsung, Duracell join Wireless Power Consortium

The Wireless Power Consortium said that Samsung, Duracell, Hosiden and Leggett & Platt have joined the group.

The group says that each product you buy today has its own wireless charger but needs incompatible charging stations. Its aim is to first create an international standard for devices of five watts and below, and then work on a standard for high power devices and equipment.

The Consortium has 13 members and associate members now, including NatSemi, Texas Instruments, Logitech, Sanyo and Philips. It was formed at the end of last year.

According to Camille Tang, from the Consortium, a universal standard in wireless power charging is within the top 20 percent of what people want from their gizmos, according to Frost & Sullivan research.

The Consortium will need to recruit quite a few more members and associate members if it wants to fulfil its dream. Cellphone manufacturers, notebook manufacturers and netbook manufacturers have an interest in keeping things different.

Compatible products will carry a logo meaning that phones, cameras, remote controls and other devices will work with all charging stations that carry the logo.