As the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch date approaches, more details about the device have emerged in the form of news leaks and hints by the ads released by the Korean technology giant. The recent information concerning wireless charging was revealed on a blog post on the company’s website, entitled “Wireless Smartphone Charging as an Industry Standard“.
Wireless charging for smartphones
The blog entry was written by Seho Park, Principal Engineer IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics, who pointed out that wireless charging should soon become an industry standard. Park said that this year, the number of wireless charging stations is set to grow and will be available in more public areas, such as cafes and restaurants.
Today, there are several different standards for wireless charging, from the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is used in the UK by McDonalds, to the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), and another group called the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), which is primarily used by Starbucks coffee shops.
The A4WP and PMA standards are set to merge in future, but the Galaxy S6 won’t necessarily have to choose just one standard, if as the rumours suggest it has the Broadcom BCM59350 chip inside, which works with every standard. This chips is also known as the Wireless Charging Power Management Unit, and was released in 2014.
In the blog post, Park stated that chips such as these which support multiple wireless charging standards are already available, and that products using them would start to appear on the market this year. The blog post by Park might in fact indicate that the Galaxy S6 could be one of the first smartphones to use such a chip.
Even though the Samsung blog doesn’t confirm the Galaxy S6 will support wireless charging for all three systems, Samsung has provided a lot of wireless charging accessories for its phablets, smartphones and tablets over the years, including the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 3, and the Galaxy Note 4.
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