Friday, August 7, 2009

Wireless charging is pointless in isolation

UK: The emergence of two technologies in cell phones -– wireless charging and super capacitors –- may yet offer the greatest potential to improve the experience of charging our phones. Together, and at the right price, this wireless speed-charging solution could penetrate over 22 percent of handset sales by 2014.

The Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report, “Wireless Charging Will Quadruple its Potential if Combined with Speed-Charging,” reveals that the Palm Pre’s wireless charging solution came at a high price and offered little benefit to users on its own, without the added boost of a super capacitor.

The combination of super capacitors and wireless charging may create an excellent solution to the growing energy gap problem which many cellphone users are experiencing on a daily or weekly basis.

Stuart Robinson, Director of the company’s Handset Component Technologies service, and author of the report, commented, "Strategy Analytics predicts that the price of wireless charging solutions will fall to around $15 by 2014 and, if combined with super capacitors for speed-charging, could significantly increase the value proposition of wireless charging."

“Super capacitors have been around for many years and are now just beginning to be designed into cellphones, mainly for camera flash applications where their ability to deliver a high level of power for a short period is ideal,” added Stephen Entwistle, VP of the Strategic Technologies Practice.

“Strategy Analytics believes that the technology will continue to mature and will nicely complement wireless chargers.”

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