Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge Technology for Wireless Power

February 25, 2019 by Scott McMahan

At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announced Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ technology for wireless power. The technology brings the company's years of fast charging innovation to the wireless charging industry and helps consumers wirelessly charge their devices quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Over 1,000 commercially available Quick Charge technology-compatible mobile devices, accessories, and components come with unique safety and intelligence features that are designed to minimize the amount of wasted energy and heat build-up on-device and maximize the battery's lifespan. Quick Charge technology is characterized by fast and consistent mobile charging.

While wireless charging has become a popular charging option, the speed and efficiency of such products remain  inconsistent.

Moreover, wireless charging products have been introduced that claim Quick Charge support, but they have not passed the required Quick Charge compliance process.

In response, Qualcomm Technologies has expanded its compliance program to include wireless charging pads powered by Quick Charge technology. This expansion includes forward and backward compatibility and helps enable high-power and highly efficient power transfer, for transmitter manufacturers to achieve fast wireless charging.

Wireless charging pads powered by Quick Charge are compatible with the same Quick Charge 2.0, 3.0, 4 and 4+ adapters that millions of users already have at home, work, and elsewhere.

A fundamental aspect of Quick Charge technology includes its compliance standards testing. As with all generations prior, consumers can look for the same Quick Charge branding with which they are already familiar to ensure that their Quick Charge for wireless adapters have been vetted through compliance testing to provide a consistent and safety-conscious experience. Qualcomm Technologies enforces Quick Charge brand compliance, working with retailers to remove non-compliant accessories from their catalogs. Compliant products can be found within the Quick Charge Device List.

UL, a global safety science company and the first to administer the existing Quick Charge compliancy program, will expand testing to include Quick Charge for wireless power.

Qualcomm Technologies is also welcoming the first component vendor to the Quick Charge for wireless power program, Weltrend Semiconductor.

The company plans additional testing to ensure Quick Charge and Qi interoperability, to give consumers a seamless wireless charging experience.

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), creators of the Qi global wireless charging standard, includes over 650 member companies and over 3,500 compliant products. Qi-Certified devices include a majority of the world's top-selling smartphones, many powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platforms. Thousands of public charging stations have been deployed in restaurants, hotels, and airports, along with accessories available through traditional and online retail outlets.

"Qualcomm Technologies is proud to expand the Quick Charge compliance program to include Qi interoperability, as it will give consumers peace of mind that their Quick Charge enabled wireless charging pad has passed the rigorous tests established by both organizations. Further, we are pleased that Xiaomi, a longtime supporter of Quick Charge technology, has become the first company to deploy a compliant wireless power pad," said George Paparrizos, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "Now in its fourth generation, Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ technology continues to be a leader in safety and efficiency, and we look forward to leading the fast-wireless power ecosystem."

"Xiaomi uses Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ technology throughout our mobile device ecosystem to provide users with unbeatable charging speeds," Yanteng Wang, lead of wireless charging, Xiaomi. "We are excited to introduce Quick Charge protocol for wireless power in Mi Wireless Charging Pad, complementing our existing line-up of Quick Charge technology-certified wall and battery chargers, and providing our loyal customers the lowest charge times and maximum power efficiency possible across their charging options."

"Qualcomm Technologies has been a key contributor to our rapidly growing ecosystem, collaborating with other innovators to bring fast charging and wireless charging together to ensure consumers get a superior charging experience," Menno Treffers, chairman, Wireless Power Consortium. "We have a shared mission and vision for developing standards that provide users with safe fast-charging solutions."