Powercast/Powermat partner on short/long range wireless power

Powercast/Powermat partner on short/long range wireless power

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Wireless power technology pioneers, Powercast with its long-range over-the-air RF technology, and Powermat with its SmartInductive™ hybrid inductive/resonance technology, are partnering to create one team that can implement both short and long-range wireless power designs optimized for each customer’s application. Additionally, the partnership will leverage Powercast’s engineering and productization services to support customers as needed from proof of concept to prototyping to production.

Wireless power technologies from both companies enable more convenient, sustainable, environmentally-friendly, untethered devices that cut the cords, and use rechargeable batteries or no batteries at all to eliminate battery e-waste and battery replacement hassles. The two companies share a vision of a world where power is ubiquitous, wire-free, and seamlessly accessible.

“The convenience of a one-stop-wireless-power-shop has not existed before,” said Charles Goetz, CEO of Powercast. “First, since our partnership covers the entire spectrum of wireless power, customers can ditch researching solutions themselves and relax knowing we’ll recommend the best fit for them. Second, whether you’re a start-up or Fortune 500, our productization team can help reduce costs and speed time to market.”

“Our IP licensing business model has been successful as our technology is embedded in 800 million smartphones and charging surfaces in 8 million cars, and in 40 million devices like robots, e-bikes, and IoT and medical devices,” said Kfir Abuhatzira, Powermat’s CEO. “But we are pleased to be able to expand our services by partnering with Powercast whose dedicated design, engineering and manufacturing division can help customers wanting productization support.”   

The partnership covers entire spectrum of wireless power:
Both companies’ transmitters (Tx) send energy to receivers (Rx) that convert it into power, but they differ in strength and transfer distance so fit different applications. Powermat’s SmartInductive Tx and Rx must closely align (within 8 inches), but can transfer large amounts of power (5 to 600 W). Powercast’s RF Tx and Rx can transfer power over distance (up to 120 feet pr 36 metres), but deliver lower power levels ranging from a few hundred milliwatts to single digit microwatts depending on distance.

High-power SmartInductive hybrid inductive/resonance technology from Powermat enables scalable wireless power applications capable of penetrating eight inches of wall and windows, and is offered in reference design platforms ranging from 5-W consumer grade applications to 600-W industrial grade applications like telecom, robotics, micro-mobility, medical devices, and more.

RF technology from Powercast is designed for low-power consumer and industrial devices that need freedom of placement, and often operate in hard-to-reach places such as IoT sensor networks where wiring and battery replacement would be difficult. RF also enables one-to-many charging, meaning one Tx can charge many enabled devices in its charging zone. Additional device examples include home automation sensor networks, TV remotes, electric toothbrushes, headphones and smart watches.

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