The days of wirelessly charging our smartphones and tablets is already upon us, but current solutions require special accessories such as mats or cases. Qualcomm has had something else brewing, a technology called WiPower™ which offers several advantages over current commercially available products.
Two key advantages include simultaneous charging of multiple device types and charging through most surfaces. Qualcomm has developed a wireless power reference system comprised of a wireless power transmitter and receiver to showcase these WiPower wireless charging capabilities. A WiPower kit is being evaluated by a number of industry-leading consumer electronics makers who are investigating the possibilities of including this technology in their devices, from Bluetooth headsets to smartphones and tablets.
Let’s face it: Use of wired connections to consumer electronics devices are out of fashion to consumers, and anything that a company can do to set itself apart from others while bringing true benefits to consumers is a pleasant sight. With WiPower technology, Qualcomm is providing a number of advantages, such as a charging module that may provide less heat build-up, while eliminating a need for direct contact or precise alignment of a charger with a consumer electronics device. A single charging area, meanwhile, can simultaneously power multiple WiPower-enabled devices, which makes the prospect of wireless charging more attractive to end users for their devices.
Qualcomm has partnered with Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) to further accelerate a wireless power ecosystem that makes use of WiPower technology. IDT plans to develop an integrated circuit, based on its highly integrated receiver chipsets, for incorporation into certain consumer electronics devices that meet Qualcomm’s WiPower design specifications. The partnership between Qualcomm and IDT makes perfect sense, as Qualcomm has been working with magnetic resonance charging for quite some time and IDT has been making highly integrated chipsets for use in consumer electronics devices for many years.
If Qualcomm and IDT are successful in their planned relationship, the vision of cutting that last wired cord from a consumer electronics device, and seamlessly charging them without a wired connection, should become a reality.
For more information about Qualcomm working with IDT, check out the press release that came out this morning.