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11/15/2016

AirFuel Alliance to Drive Resonant Global Wireless Charging Standards for PCs

Dell, Lenovo, and STMicroelectronics to lead AirFuel Alliance PC Task Force; Kick-Off at 2016 Wireless Power Summit  

Seattle, WA – November 11, 2016 – The AirFuel™ Alliance, a global consortium of industry leaders focused on enabling and accelerating the adoption of wireless power technology, announced the formation of a new PC Task Force today.

Leading PC and semiconductor manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo, STMicroelectronics and others are helping to launch this new AirFuel Alliance Task Force and are welcoming all members of the ecosystem – PC-OEMs, integrated circuit suppliers, infrastructure and technology providers – to join forces and further the evolution of wireless charging for PCs.  The task force will work towards encouraging all PC OEM’s to embed resonant technology in PCs (including laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrids) through volume production. The goal is to deliver higher power wireless charging at lower costs. 

“Together, we have a great opportunity to speed the development of wireless charging for PCs,” said Ron Resnick, AirFuel Alliance chairman and resident.  “At AirFuel, we want wireless charging to be pervasive in public venues. To accomplish that we need resonant technology, as it enables higher power, high efficiency and spatial freedom, which drives a better user experience. The goal of this task force is to make sure these fundamental benefits are incorporated into consumer devices as quickly and easily as possible to deliver on the promise of a truly wireless world.”

Dell VP of Client Technology and Architecture, Ajay Kwatra added, “By working with our fellow PC manufacturers in the AirFuel Alliance we’ll be able to support a positive user experience in corporate work spaces, public venues and homes.  This requires the capability to deliver higher power for charging, at up to hundred watts, and we think resonant technology is well positioned to get us there while delivering a great user experience.“

“Lenovo lead-user research has shown that customers want simpler ways to make home, work and public places smarter and more accessible,” said Luis Hernandez, VP of PC & Smart Devices Integrated Development Center.  “Wireless charging will offer greater cable independence and allow superior freedom of movement. Lenovo is delighted to help launch this task force with the prime goal of further improving the personalized computing experience for customers.”

"Our goal at STMicroelectronics is to give manufacturers the building blocks to create the next generation of exceptional consumer experiences today -- and that includes wireless charging," said Matteo Lo Presti, Vice President and GM, Analog in the Analog and MEMS Group, STMicroelectronics.  "We're excited to be part of this new AirFuel task force to help drive the adoption of wireless charging and let consumers 'cut the cords' worldwide."

About AirFuel Alliance
AirFuel Alliance is an association dedicated to building a global wireless charging ecosystem based on best in industry inductive, resonant and future wireless charging technology. AirFuel Alliance's mission is to bring a diverse base of interoperable products to the global market that deliver the best wireless charging experience for consumers. Further, the Alliance continues to address future, non-magnetic technologies including RF, ultrasound and lasers that deliver power at a distance.

The organization membership is made up of 170 leading technology and consumer electronics companies, including board of directors companies AT&T, Dell, Duracell, Energous, Flextronics, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technology, MediaTek, ON Semiconductor, Powermat Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Semtech, Starbucks and WiTricity. 

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