Samsung, Duracell, Hosiden and Leggett & Platt Join Wireless Power Consortium to Set Universal Standard

    Market leaders accelerate Consortium traction to revolutionize use of
consumer electronics

    HONG KONG, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wireless Power Consortium (The
Consortium) announced four new members today: Duracell (U.S.A.), Hosiden
Corporation (Japan), Leggett & Platt, Inc. (U.S.A.) and Samsung Electronics
(South Korea).

    "Samsung, Duracell, Hosiden and Leggett & Platt's expertise scales the
Consortium across batteries, consumer electronics, components, device
manufacturers, infrastructure, semiconductor and wireless power technology
companies. This market leadership across the value chain is critical to the
standard's success," said Camille Tang, Co-Chair, Wireless Power Consortium,
Promotion Work Group.

    A universal standard in wireless power charging ranked within the top 20
percent of consumer lifestyle demands to eliminate the inconvenience of
needing multiple chargers for different devices, brands and even models of the
same brand, according to consumer research.(*)

    "Samsung has been on the forefront of innovation for more than 40 years
and we're excited to participate in setting the standard that will
revolutionize the way to transmit the power to the electronic devices," said
Dr. KiHo Kim, Senior Vice President of Samsung Electronics Co.

    "Duracell has been powering consumers' devices for decades while
listening to their needs," said David Klein, R&D Associate Director of
Duracell. "We're pleased to be a part of this effort to bring freedom and
empowerment to the lives of those who want to conveniently access, store and
release energy to power their devices and their lives."

    "As a leading electrical components manufacturer, Hosiden Corporation
looks forward to contributing to the universal wireless power standard and
enhancing our products with this amazing technology," said Keiji Mine,
Manager, Technical Administrator Section of Hosiden Corporation.

    "Our company is committed to innovation and we are already integrating
the primary charging side of wireless power technology in a broad range of
infrastructure products we offer. We're excited to be joining the other
leaders in the Consortium to contribute to this standard," said LeRoy Johnson,
Senior Director of Emerging Technologies, of Leggett & Platt.

    (*) Research conducted with Ipsos Vantis, AcuPOLL and Frost & Sullivan.

    The Wireless Power Consortium
    Established 17 December 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium's mission is
to create and promote wide market adoption of an international wireless power
standard for interoperability across rechargeable electronic devices.  Members
include ConvenientPower, Duracell, Hosiden, Fulton Innovation, Leggett &
Platt, Logitech, National Semiconductor, Olympus, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo,
Shenzhen Sangfei Consumer Communications, and Texas Instruments.

    The Wireless Power Consortium welcomes and invites all interested
companies to join as members.  More information can be found at


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For further information: Amanda McLafferty, CONTEXT, +1-616-855-6368,
ext. 113,, for Wireless Power Consortium Web Site:

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