WPC无线充电联盟(Wireless Power Consortium)是一个非营利国际标准组织。无线充电联盟全球的 600 多名成员致力于推动无线充电使用的安全性和全球兼容性。Qi 标志和“Qi”名称是无线充电联盟的注册商标。Qi 认证以及 Qi 标志的使用均经由无线充电联盟授权。

去年9月,我们第一次专访了WPC无线充电联盟主席Menno Treffers,主席非常认可“The future is wireless未来是无线充的”这句Slogan。今年充电头网再次独家视频专访了Menno主席,并咨询了一些大家非常感兴趣的话题:

视频专访:https://v.qq.com/x/page/p0861ntn2bd.html

以下是此次专访的完整内容文字版本实录:

1ChongdiantouThe battle for wireless charging standards, Qi prevailed. What do you think is the key reason for winning?
充电头网:无线充电标准之争,Qi占了上风。您觉得取胜的关键原因是什么?

MennoQi prevailed for two reasons.
1)Created by companies with experience in bringing wireless charging products to market. Our members know what is possible and what is not possible in real products.
2)Created by companies with experience in successful industry standards. Our members know how to cooperate efficiently.
Menno1)我认为在无线充电的标准之争里,Qi赢了的原因有两个。第一个原因,Qi的标准由具有无线充电产品市场经验的公司创建。制作标准时,这些公司知道在实际推向市场的过程中,什么样的标准是可以工作的,什么样的是现在还不能商用化的。
2)第二个原因,一起参与制定Qi标准的公司,他们不但有将产品推向市场的经验,同时也有制作标准的经验。参加Qi标准制定的公司,知道如何协同合作去制定一个标准会很有效并被市场接受。

2、Chongdiantou:How do you evaluate Apple’s role in the popularity of wireless charging?
充电头网:您怎么评价苹果对无线充电的普及所起到的作用?

MennoApple is one of the most influential brands. Their support for Qi helped a lot in making consumers aware of wireless charging.
Menno苹果是世界上最有影响力的品牌之一。他们对Qi的支持使得很多消费者认识到无线充电这个事情。

3、Chongdiantou:What do you think of the cancelation of Apple AirPower: what kind of impact it will bring to the industry?
充电头网:您如何看待苹果AirPower的取消:它将给行业带来什么样的影响?

Menno: The delay in the launch of Apple’s own charger has benefited the manufacturers of wireless chargers because they could sell more products to iPhone users. Apple’s cancellation of AirPower doesn’t change that. Apple customers still need a wireless charger. The demand is even higher with Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging case. 
Menno:苹果推迟推出自己品牌的无线充电器,这可以使很多无线充电器制造商受益, 因为后者可以向 iPhone 用户销售更多的产品。苹果取消AirPower这个产品也并不能改变这一点:苹果的用户仍然需要无线充电器。苹果新一代带无线充电盒的AirPods使得用户对无线充电的需求更高了。

4ChongdiantouWhat’s your view of proprietary extension?
充电头网:您怎么看待私有协议?

MennoProprietary extensions are an easy way for manufacturers to increase the received power in a phone.
At the same time, the phone manufacturers want to support Qi
We see increasing support for Qi’s fast charge method – the extended power profile.
A good example is Xiaomi’s M9. Is supports 10W in Qi mode and 20W in proprietary mode.
Menno私有协议是厂商提高自己的手机无线充电接收功率的简便方法。同时,厂商也想让他们的产品支持Qi(因为支持Qi,可以使得他们的产品在比如车里或者公共场合等应用到无线充的地方,被广泛的接受)。
同时我们也看到有很多的手机厂商也开始支持Qi的EPP,更高瓦数的快速充电。
小米的小米9就是一个很好的例子,它过了Qi的EPP认证(10W),同时支持20W的私有协议。

5ChongdiantouHow is the proprietary extension certified?
充电头网:私有协议如何过认证?

MennoWireless chargers can be tested for proprietary extensions as part of their Qi Certification. It is not a separate certification program.
Samsung Proprietary Extension is the first method that can be tested by the WPC.
Other proprietary extensions will be added when the owner of that method makes the test specification available to the WPC.
Menno私有协议可以作为Qi认证的一部分来通过测试认证,这里想澄清的一点是,私有协议它不是一个单独的认证测试,它是Qi认证测试的一部分。
像现在而言在WPC这边,三星的私有协议是第一批加入Qi认证的,将来,当其他的手机厂商把他们的私有协议交给WPC,要求WPC帮助他们做私有协议的测试的时候,这些私有协议也会一个个加到Qi认证的测试过程中。

6ChongdiantouWhat has WPC done so far to promote the unification of proprietary extension?
充电头网:为了推进私有协议的统一,WPC做了哪些工作?

MennoThe WPC is increasing the power levels supported by Qi. We call that the Extended Power Profile.
The current limit is 15W. That will increase to 30W and maybe even to 60W.
We see increasing support for the Extended Power Profile.
Xiaomi’s M9 is a good example. LG and Sony are also making phones that support the Extended Power Profile.
MennoWPC现在在慢慢地提高Qi支持的瓦数,现在我们的EPP可以做到15W,在将来可以到30W甚至是60W。
我们看到越来越多的手机厂商在支持Qi的EPP,比方说在中国,小米9是第一个在中国过了EPP 10W认证的手机;在中国以外,像LG和SONY它们都有通过EPP认证的手机。

7ChongdiantouWhat measures will WPC take to protect the rights and interests of its members from counterfeit products?
充电头网:WPC将采取哪些措施来保护成员的应有权益不受伪劣产品侵犯?

MennoThe main challenge for our members is the competition from products that have not been tested and are potentially unsafe.
These products look cheap but are often dangerous.
We work with all retail channels to make the professionals aware of the dangers of these uncertified products.
The best retail channels now actively promote Qi Certified products because they want to keep their customers safe.
Our cooperation with JD.com is a good example of this.
Menno我们的会员面临的主要挑战是来自尚未经过测试的产品的竞争,因为这些没有经过测试的产品它们很便宜,但是它们可能很不安全,而且常常可能是很危险的产品。
为了解决这个问题,我们现在主要采取的措施是跟零售商进行合作,让这些零售商专业买家了解到未经认证测试的产品的危险性。
现在全球各地最好的零售商都在非常积极的去推广或买进有Qi认证的产品,因为他们意识到没有通过Qi认证的产品的危险性。
给大家一个最近的例子,在中国我们最近和京东以及中国通信工业协会品控自律联盟签了一个协议,京东将把Qi标准作为优质无线充电产品的上架标准,为消费者提供品质可靠的无线充电产品。

8ChongdiantouCan you let me know what do you think of China’s wireless charging market? What is the difference between China market and overseas markets?
充电头网:想知道您怎么看待中国的无线充电市场?这一市场和海外市场有什么区别?

MennoThe main difference is that the overseas market started using wireless charging earlier.
Nokia and Samsung were the first adopters of Qi and their market share in China is relatively low.
China has caught up with Huawei, Xiaomi supporting Qi in their phones.
And China is now taking the lead in protecting consumers against unsafe products.
You can see that in the unique cooperation between the WPC, CCIA and JD.com. And we are also discussing with CESI from the safety standard perspective.
JD.com is our first e-commerce partner globally.
Menno中国市场和国外市场的主要区别在于国外市场开始用无线充电产品更早,比如诺基亚和三星他们是最早的一批推出Qi产品的公司,但是它们的市场份额在中国相对比较低。
我们看到中国作为一个市场,现在开始在无线充电这方面迎头赶上。继苹果推出Qi认证手机之后,中国手机厂商华为、小米都推出了Qi认证的手机。
另外一点想说的是,在中国我们看到的另外一个趋势是,中国在对消费者的保护上其实是走在世界前列的。具体的一个例子是,我们最近和京东、中国通信工业协会品控自律联盟在销售渠道、品质控制上的合作,甚至是和赛西在安全标准上的讨论,都是为了保证中国的消费者可以更轻易简单的买到经过测试的、安全的无线充电产品。
京东现在成为了我们在全球第一个官方电商合作伙伴。

9ChongdiantouIn addition to the low-power wireless charging market represented by mobile phones, what is the plan of the WPC in terms of medium-power and high-power wireless charging markets?
充电头网:除了手机为代表的小功率无线充电市场以外,WPC无线充电联盟在中功率和大功率无线充电市场有什么布局?

MennoThe WPC is close to releasing the 2200W kitchen specification.
We expect that will have a big impact on kitchen design and kitchen appliances. We get very positive feedback from the first prototypes.
MennoWPC即将发布2200W无尾厨电的规范。
我们预计2200W的无尾厨电的标准发布以后,会对厨房电器设计和家电产品设计产生重大影响。我们现在有一些基于无尾厨电标准的原型产品已经推出了,而且我们收到了一些非常积极的反馈。

10ChongdiantouAfter the explosive growth in 2017, the wireless charging market is developing steadily since 2018. Therefore, some people are pessimistic about the development of wireless charging in the next few years. What do you think of the market prospects in the next five years?
充电头网:经过2017年爆发式增长之后,2018年无线充电市场发展趋于平稳,因此有些人对未来几年的无线充电发展持悲观态度,那您怎么看待未来5年内的市场前景?

MennoI expect that wireless charging market will continue to grow.
The adoption of Qi in mid-range phones and earphones is the next step.
Earphones have started to use Qi. Apple’s announcement of Qi support in the new AirPods is significant.
And that means that the wireless charging market will continue to grow.
Menno我认为无线充电市场会持续增长。
下一步的增长点可能是在中端智能手机和耳机上采用Qi无线充电(到现在为止,Qi其实主要还是被用在高端智能手机上 )。
耳机已经开始使用Qi无线充电。Apple的新AirPods耳机支持Qi无线充电,会使整个产业、更多的人意识到无线充电的技术。
这意味着无线充电市场将继续增长。所以,我对未来无线充电市场的发展是看好的。

11ChongdiantouIn the eyes of many consumers, long-distance charging such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is the real wireless charging. How far do you think the technology is away from commercially available?
充电头网:在很多消费者眼中,像蓝牙或Wi-Fi一样的远距离无线充电才是真正的无线充电,您预计这一技术在多久的未来才能够实现商用?

MennoLong distance wireless power is available today but only at very low power levels. milli-Watts, or even micro-Watts when the transfer distance is more than a meter.
The technology cannot deliver enough power for mobile phone charging. Its commercially availability is very far away.
Menno远距离隔空传输电力的技术现在已经有了,但是当传输距离超过一米时,只能在非常低的功率水平下使用,毫瓦甚至微瓦的级别。说明这个技术在现阶段还不能对手机进行充电,它不能提供足够的电力,所以在我看来,这种远距离无线充电技术在商用化的前景看起来还是非常渺茫的。

12ChongdiantouAre you optimistic about the future wireless charging market? Any suggestions for wireless charging practitioners?
充电头网:您看好未来的无线充电市场吗?对无线充电从业者有什么建议?

Menno:Yes.I am very optimistic.I expect the market will continue to grow.
My suggestions for practitioners:
Buy Qi Certified subsystems.
Develop your own wireless charger only when you expect very high volume or have special requirements.
That is the low-risk path to high-quality and lowest-cost products
Menno:我非常看好未来的无线充市场。对Qi无线充电从业者的建议是,建议大家购买具有Qi认证的子系统,而不是自己重新去建一套。原因在于,除非你的销售量特别大或者对产品有特殊需求的时候才适合自己建,否则还是建议大家用Qi子系统。
Qi子系统对厂商而言是取得高质量和低成本产品的低风险途径。

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关于无线充电联盟
WPC无线充电联盟成立于2008年,是由600多家公司会员组成的开放性的合作性的标准制定组织。无线充电联盟会员包括苹果、华硕、贝尔金、博世、佳能、易冲无线、戴尔、德尔福、谷歌、海尔、华为、宜家、联想、LG、联发科、mophie、恩智浦、意法半导体、松下、皇家飞利浦、三星、索尼、TDK、威瑞森无线和小米等。

这些公司会员来自世界各地大大小小的生态系统,有合作伙伴也有竞争对手。大家相互合作的目的只有一个:制定并不断改进世界上最有用、最安全和最高效的无线充电标准。使用Qi标准的产品必须经过严格测试,以确保其安全性和互操作性。只有通过独立实验室测试的产品才能使用Qi标志,并被认为是合格的Qi认证产品。

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