Dialog collaborates with Energous to develop wire-free charging

August 19, 2014 //By Paul Buckley
Dialog collaborates with Energous to develop wire-free charging
Dialog Semiconductor plc is collaborating with Energous Corporation, the developer of WattUp, a wire-free charging technology for electronic devices that provides power at a distance with complete mobility under full software control.

Dialog and Energous plan to develop reference designs to engage customers and further evaluate the market for wire-free power.

“Dialog has quickly established itself as a key semiconductor supplier in the IoT and wearable market,” explained Sean McGrath, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog Semiconductor. “By bringing together our existing lowest power, smallest footprint Bluetooth Smart IC with its energy harvesting support and Energous over the air wireless charging technology in a proof-of-concept reference design, both companies plan to demonstrate the ability to charge wearable CE devices without the need for power connectors or charging mats.”

“Our collaboration with Dialog Semiconductor will provide consumer electronics manufacturers with a superior technology that will differentiate their products with the freedom of charging without wires,” said Stephen R. Rizzone, CEO of Energous Corporation. “By optimizing WattUp with Dialog’s SmartBond connectivity and power management technology, OEMs will be able to seamlessly and rapidly integrate wire-free charging and remote management right into their devices.”

WattUp is a patent- and trademark-pending solution that delivers intelligent, scalable power via the same radio bands as a Wi-Fi router. WattUp differs from current wireless charging systems in that it delivers meaningful, useable power, at a distance, while allowing users to roam while charging. The result is a true wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices or place them on a mat.

SmartBond claims to provide the highest level of integration with the fewest external components of any Bluetooth Smart solution available today.

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