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Cutting the Cord: Development Trends of Wireless Charging Applications

Cutting the Cord: Development Trends of Wireless Charging Applications

Despite a long history of development, wireless charging is still in the introduction phase of the product life cycle. However, the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and Apple Watch is expected to unleash a rapid growth in the wireless charging market. This report begins with vendors' new products and industry alliances' latest development, followed by an analysis of the supply chain. Major chip makers' progress to promote wireless charging applications and second-tier vendors' strategies to expand into more markets are also included.

  • New Hopes for Wireless Charging Market
    • Major Vendors & Alliances to Spur Growth
      • New Products Launched by Apple, Samsung
      • WPC Retains Significant Clout
    • Wireless Charging Application Market to Flourish on Strong Consumer Electronics Demand
  • Wireless Charging Supply Chain Taking Shape
    • Downstream: US, Japan, Korean Vendors Taking the Lead
      • End-user Device Vendors
      • Accessories Vendors
    • Midstream: Lack of Economies of Scale
    • Upstream: Power Management IC Vendors Spearhead; Communications IC Vendors Follow Suit
    • Consumer Acceptance Crucial in Triggering Growth
  • Chip Makers Face Cut-throat Competition
    • Wireless Charging Chipsets Integrate with Controller, Communications, and Power Management ICs
    • Single-Chip Solution Providers Cooperate with First-tier Device Vendors
      • Major Players: IDT, Freescale, TI
      • Taiwanese, Chinese IC Design Houses Catching up
    • Integrated Solutions Help Second-tier Vendors Develop Midrange Products
      • Mediatek Brings New Light to Second-tier Vendors
      • Qualcomm Targets High-end Market
      • Intel Aims Wireless Power IC for Mobile Applications
  • MIC Perspective
  • Appendix
    • Glossary of Terms
    • List of Companies

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