Energous Corporation today announced the availability of a cost-effective WattUp Near Field wireless charging transmitter solution through its partnership with IDT International Limited, a leading global electronics manufacturer. The WattUp Near Field solution is designed to power a wide range of products, including hearing aids, fitness trackers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds and other small electronic devices.
The partnership will accelerate the ecosystem by giving customers the ability to bundle a standard transmitter design from IDT with WattUp receiver technology integrated into the customer's product.
"Today's announcement of the general availability of our cost-effective, low power reference design transmitter through our partnership with IDT, one of the most respected global manufacturers in the electronics industry, is a very significant milestone as we reach the final stages of commercializing WattUp and launching the Wireless Charging 2.0 platform," said Stephen R. Rizzone, CEO of Energous.
"This transmitter will be bundled with a broad spectrum of WattUp-enabled consumer devices expected to hit the markets in increasing numbers in the coming months," concluded Rizzone.
Energous' WattUp wireless charging technology uses radio frequency (RF) technology to enable both at-contact and at-a-distance wireless charging in an ecosystem that ensures interoperability. The benefits of RF-based WattUp, compared to first-generation coil-based charging solutions, include its ability to fit into small electronics such as hearing aids, fitness trackers, wireless earbuds, and many other small electronics.
In addition to being scalable in size, WattUp eliminates foreign object detection problems and strict orientation issues that users experience with current coil-based wireless charging technologies.
"Energous' WattUp wireless charging technology is the leader in the next generation of wireless charging for at-contact and at-a-distance power, and it solves all of the pain points users experience," said Timo Qi, CEO of IDT.
"Coil-based wireless charging technology has been around for over a decade, but there are issues associated with that technology that have hindered mass adoption across multiple product types. Energous' RF-based technology not only improves on the shortcomings of the coil-based systems that are out today, but it also supports groundbreaking charging at-a-distance, which is something many of our customers are interested in," Qi added.