Mobile sector paving the way for adoption, says IHS Markit
Unit shipments for wireless power receivers and transmitters will grow from less than 500m units to more than 3bn by 2023, according to Dinesh Kithany, Senior Principal Analyst at IHS Markit.
Speaking to IFA International ahead of his session at IFA Next Innovation Engine (see details below), Kithany said mobile phones are the primary driver for growth. However, with wireless power achieving mainstream adoption in mobile, he said growth was expected to follow in other consumer applications. “Electric toothbrushes will boost the small appliances while smart watches dominate the wearable category,” he explained.
Kithany said the primary benefit of wireless charging in consumer applications is convenience. However he takes the view that “the wireless power ecosystem is potentially a stronger value- proposition than the individual wireless charger. This includes wireless charging in public spaces such as railway stations, airports, coffee shops etc.”
Alongside convenience, Kithany will tell IFA Next delegates that additional benefits of wireless charging include “the environmental and economic benefit of wirelessly powering small battery-powered devices”. Wireless charging also lends itself to safety, reliability and sealed-in device design: “Removing charge ports allows a device shell to be enclosed, enabling waterproof and dust-resistant designs. In medical applications, it could greatly reduce the intrusiveness of certain devices into the body.”
Key threats to the rollout of wireless charging include forward- looking wired-power solutions such as fast charging and USB-Type C. However, IHS Markit consumer survey data shows that fast-charging does not necessarily replace the need for wireless charging.
Kithany also discussed the issue of technical standards in the wireless charging. “Apple’s decision to integrate Qi technology into its 2017 iPhone release indicated an end to the standards war and accelerated the adoption of wireless charging in more consumer devices,” he said.
WIRELESS POWER TECHNOLOGY EXTENDS FOCUS TOWARDS MEDIUM AND HIGH POWER DEVICES
Date: Sunday 8 September 2019
Time: 12:20 pm
Location: Hall 26 / Red Innovation Engine
Photo: Dinesh Kithany, Senior Principal Analyst, IHS Markit