Wireless charging, already a maturing market reports IHS

March 29, 2016 // By Julien Happich
According to market research firm HIS, the wireless charging receiver market grew more than 160 percent in 2015 over the previous year, as annual global shipments reached 144 million units.

Integrated receivers hit mainstream devices, and refinements to system design and diversification for various applications and power ratings is now driving the development of the technology.

Annual shipment volume is expected to top one billion units by 2020 and two billion by 2025, according to IHS' latest "Wireless Power Receiver Market Report".

The mobile phone market remains the dominant force in overall shipments, led by the Samsung Galaxy smartphone series, which comes equipped with dual-mode Qi and Power-Matters-Alliance- (PMA-) certified low-frequency charging retained for this year’s S7 model. 

IHS forecasts that 10 percent of smartphones shipped this year will be capable of wireless charging. Wearables are already the second largest wireless-charging device category, driven by Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2 and other popular products. 

The first high-frequency magnetic resonant receivers are also expected to launch in laptop computers in 2016, as adoption grows across the gamut of device types.

“Device developments and product launches in 2015 helped increase consumer awareness of wireless charging and consumers who have tried it are strongly positive about the experience,” says David Green, research manager for wireless power, IHS Technology. 

“Once demand is high, manufacturers will find it easier to justify the cost of including it in their devices; however, each application presents its own unique challenges when it comes to cost, form factor and packaging. All wireless charging systems face the challenge of certification, but particularly those with higher power ratings or greater distance from the charger.”