They say that wireless charging is the future, and I certainly would not want to dispute such a claim in any way. After all, we have seen major vehicle makers such as Audi and Toyota working to incorporate wireless charging technology into their rides, while smartphones too, have not missed out on the ride. The thing about wireless charging is this, there seem to be way too many different standards, and with that, you get an extremely fragmented market.
To say wireless charging is confusing to the average consumer is a massive understatement. A myriad of competing standards – Qi and tech from the Power Matters Alliance, for example – make picking out power docks compatible with your smartphone generally unpleasant. Even worse? When the time to upgrade your handset comes, you may be stuck with an incompatible dock and have to settle with a plug-in adapter dongle. Annoying. Thankfully, Broadcom thinks it has the answer to that particular problem. The company has developed a new wireless power receiver, the BCM59350, that is compatible with every wireless charging technology on the market. No more having to worry about whether your charging plate is Qi-compatible or not – if your device contains the chip, it’ll charge regardless. The new chip also features 7.5W support versus the standard 5W, which Broadcom says can help devices charge even when they’re further away from a power source. The higher voltage should also translate to faster charging times.