Will Wireless Charging Drive NFC Growth?

Qi-wireless-charging-NFC-development-rfid-blogAt CES 2013, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) displayed dozens of devices that were designed to the Qi wireless charging standard, including the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Droid DNA, suggesting that 2013 may be the year wireless charging becomes a feature consumers expect to come standard in new smartphones.

Qi is an interface standard developed by the WPC. The standard applies to inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 40 millimeters. That is to say, it’s used for charging phones. Recently, a growing number of phone manufacturers have been integrating the wireless charging standard into their devices.

But what does the impending rise of wirelessly charging smartphones have to do with the growth of NFC technology?

At CES, the WPC also displayed several new components designed to facilitate the integration of the Qi wireless charging technology. One component on display, developed by TDK, integrated both Qi wireless technology and NFC into a single chip.

As these components become smaller, cheaper, and easier to integrate into devices, Bas Fransen, chief marketing officer at ConvenientPower, says manufacturers will ship more smartphones featuring both wireless charging and NFC.

It’s possible that as Qi wireless charging becomes more predominant, NFC could piggyback on that popularity.