NuCurrent announced the launch of its “Q15 line” of Qi-compliant smartphone antennas at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Immediately available, the 15-Watt antennas, designed for fast-charging, next-generation smartphones, are claimed to be the industry’s thinnest and most efficient.
“Now that wireless charging on the Qi standard has been broadly adopted in the smartphone industry, the path forward is towards a better user experience with faster, more efficient charging,” said Jacob Babcock, CEO, NuCurrent.
“NuCurrent’s patented MLMT technology has been at the forefront of wireless charging technology in today’s smartphones. The ‘Q15 line’ is the natural next step in the evolution of the technology,” Babcock added.
Smartphone manufacturers are now able to take advantage of the design flexibility afforded by the new NuCurrent antennas, which are the thinnest in the industry and are available on flexible printed substrates. With an antenna thickness of only 0.20 millimeters, smartphone manufacturers can now offer more efficient and faster wireless charging while keeping form factors extremely thin.
“As the popularity and rapid adoption of wireless charging continues, the next competitive advantage for smartphone manufacturers will be charging rates,” said Babcock. “For thin-form phones, a 15-watt, Qi-compliant charge is only possible with NuCurrent’s MLMT technology.”
Based on NuCurrent testing, wireless charging rates for current smartphone models tops out at 8 Watts on Samsung devices and 7.5 Watts on for Apple devices. For phones that incorporate NuCurrent’s 15-Watt antennas, users will get more power to their batteries in a shorter period, resulting in a superior wireless charging experience.