Wireless Power Consortium launches Qi certification lab, cuts power cords for approved devices

The power of Qi has grown and grown since the wireless charging standard was finalized. With cord cutting becoming more desirable -- and dare we say, de rigeur, for many mobile devices -- the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has launched an independent lab to certify gadgets wanting on its induction charging bandwagon. TÜV Rheinland's providing the speedy certification services at its Taiwanese testing facility, so we should see the legion of Qi-powered devices continue to grow at an ever-increasing rate. Guess Power Matt made the right move joining the WPC superfriends. Qi's up, cords down, playa.

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Wireless Power Consortium Announces First Independent Test Lab for Qi Wireless Charging Certification

New testing center to help meet increased demand for Qi product certification.

Qi: The global standard for wireless charging
Taipei, Taiwan (PRWEB) July 28, 2011

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and TÜV Rheinland, a global leader in independent certification services, today announced the launch of a new independent compliance testing lab in Taiwan to meet the growing demand for Qi (pronounced "chee") certification of wireless charging devices and products.

Qi, the global standard for wireless charging, allows devices to be charged just by placing them on any Qi charging surface without connecting cords or wires. Qi offers simplicity, convenience, and flexibility by ensuring wireless charging interoperability between any Qi-enabled device and any Qi charger, regardless of manufacturer or brand.

"We're excited to work with TÜV Rheinland to help quickly certify more Qi products, speeding their time to market," said WPC Chairman Menno Treffers. "The need for a facility such as this is a testament to growing demand for Qi-compatible devices and a reflection of the many companies racing to compete in the expanding wireless charging industry."

TÜV Rheinland's Taiwan facility will offer assistance for companies wishing to have their products certified Qi-compatible. Qi compliance testing as well as all necessary regulatory testing is now available at TÜV Rheinland Taiwan for interested companies.

"We've been impressed by the strong demand for Qi product certification," said Uwe Halstenbach, general manager of TÜV Rheinland Taiwan. "We look forward to ramping up our testing to help companies quickly usher in a new wave of Qi-enabled electronics to even more consumers."
For more information about Qi and the WPC, please visit the Wireless Power Consortium website.