A4WP and PMA Boards of Directors Approve Merger
Who We Are?
A4WP/PMA is an independently operated association dedicated to building a global wireless charging ecosystem based on best in class inductive and resonant wireless charging technology. This unified standards body creates a single organization that will allow for operational efficiencies with certification, regulatory, marketing, and roadmap development, while also supporting best in class inductive, resonant and multi-mode solutions, for a strong roadmap that will deliver an unparalleled, seamless experience for consumers.
A4WP/PMA membership is made up of more than 170 leading technology and consumer electronics companies, including board of directors AT&T, Broadcom, Flextronics, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technologies, Intel, MediaTek, Powermat Technologies, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Starbucks and WiTricity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What was announced?
A: On June 1, 2015, A4WP and PMA boards of directors voted to approve the merger of the two organizations. The new organization has retained key leaders and contributors including president, board chair, and committee chairs. The merger between A4WP and PMA shows the industry coalescing around a primary standards body adopted by the world leaders in computing and telecom.
Q: What is the name of the new organization?
A: As of today the new name is under review. It will be announced in the very near future. In the interim the new merged organization will be referred to as A4WP/PMA.
Q: What is the motivation for the merger between A4WP and PMA?
A: A4WP/PMA is the leading industry organization in wireless charging with a focus on bringing a diverse base of interoperable products to the global market for both inductive and resonant solutions. Resulting from the merger of two leading associations, the new organization’s mission is to unify the industry and accelerate the advancement and commercialization of consumer-friendly wireless charging.
Q: What does the merger mean for consumers?
A: A4WP/PMA is focused on delivering the best wireless charging experience to consumers for mobile devices from wearables and mobile phones, to tablets and notebook computers, based upon the most mature and innovative technology standard. A4WP/PMA is the only standards body that has solutions to support the full range of devices.
The wireless charging industry is taking a major step forward to fulfill the vision that wherever a consumer goes, whether in public or at home, their device will be interoperable and charge up conveniently without wires.
This vision has the backing of global market leaders who have the track record and capabilities to sustain investment and the commitment necessary to achieve that vision.
Q: What does the merger mean for suppliers and OEMs?
A: A4WP/PMA coming together signifies the following:
- Reduced market confusion guided by one unified industry organization.
- Fewer standards organizations to support means reduced cost, complexity, and allocation of resources - faster time to volume economies of scale.
- Stable, long-term commitment by market leaders to maintain and evolve technical specification development and certification administration.
Q: What does the merger mean for venues offering wireless charging?
A: Interoperability. Venues will gain the certainty they need to provide wireless charging in places that consumers need it the most and that all devices work. The unified organization brings a cohesive, optimized roadmap of wireless charging technology, so venues can be confident about their investment and ensure a positive consumer experience.
Q: What will be the strategic direction of A4WP/PMA?
A: A4WP/PMA represents the logical extension and unification of present activities:
- Development of technical specifications
- Operation of a world-class certification program
- Engagement with global regulators
- Optimizing a unified networking, business, and technical framework for the wireless power industry: broad marketing communications, staging of Plugfests, participation in major global trade shows/conferences
Q: What is the relevance of the merger between A4WP and PMA and how might it impact the industry in general?
A: The merger is a logical direction to unify the wireless charging market, we have unilaterally received high praise for the decision from all sources. It is our belief that one leading industry organization is necessary to drive momentum and deliver best products and services while facilitating widespread adoption of wireless charging by consumers. With this merger we are also consolidating the world's leading technology companies behind a unified standard.