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Important questions to ask your wireless power partner or supplier

May 2, 2016 / 0 Comments / 426 / Features, Technical

PowerbyProxi has been in the wireless power business for just over 9 years (that’s if you don’t count many of our individual backgrounds with the University of Auckland). 9 years is a substantial amount of time as a company, because the industry itself is still very young. Consider that the Qi specification, which continues to make giant strides to becoming the default standard for wireless charging, was only established in 2009. Other standards groups including the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), The WiPower Alliance, which became the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and then AirFuel) were not formed until 2012.

The point I am trying to make is that we have seen a lot of developments in wireless power and understand the vast challenges in bringing the technology to commercial reality. We have remained successful during this time, partly due to a mix of some very bright engineers, and a focus on working hard to develop real, working solutions for our customers with a deep understanding on fundamentals. No wireless trickery and showy demos that cannot be commercialized here!

Over the past few years we (the collective public) has witnessed the development of a number of technologies which propose the transfer of power over vast distances, via various matters i.e. ultrasound, and RF. Such technologies promise features such as extensive transmission distance and safe power transfer well beyond the extent of traditional inductive or resonant technologies. For those people considering any sort of wireless power solution, I want to talk directly to you. I want to provide you with the means and tools required to be able to help you come to your own conclusions about the suitability of the various approaches.

This toolset takes the form of a series of questions you should be asking yourself and your proposed wireless power technology supplier.  These questions are based on our experiences and the challenges we have faced during our 9 years developing a range of industrial and consumer electronics solutions for customers.

Safety:

Let’s begin with the basics:

  • Are you aware of ICNRIP, and the guidelines established by this organization?

Essentially the ICNIRP determine specific guidelines on the health hazards associated with radiation exposure for certain technologies.

Therefore, based on which type of wireless power transfer technology you are considering;

  • Have you investigated what the safety limits are for Human RF (Radio Frequency) exposure? Then as a further consideration, how do these limits impact transmission distance and maximum output power?

It may not always be easy to track down the performance of some of these technologies vs. these limits, therefore ask the company to provide a technical analysis of their wireless power solution in relation to the ICNRIP guidelines.

If they are unable to provide a technical analysis, then ask why not?

Performance:

Now for your own consideration….

  • What are your top 3 priorities for a wireless power system?

We find that for most people, the top priorities will include a selection of the following: Power Level (charging speed), Distance, Spatial freedom and Interoperability with existing products. Does that sound about right?

From our experience, Safety, EMC and increasingly Efficiency are non-optional top priorities that block the ability to ship product. Therefore the next question to ask is:

  • Can the technology you are considering meet your safety, EMC and efficiency targets with your top 3 priorities?

If you have been reassured that safety, efficiency and EMC are not a concern, then that’s fantastic. But just to be sure, its best to double check on this, because it is a notoriously tough balance between power output/transmission distance/EMC performance/safety/efficiency.

  • Do you know (have they told you) how the technology achieves this balance?

..and one more (necessary) check…

  • Have you seen technical details and rigor showing this is possible? or was it some neat marketing slides and a cool demo?

If it all checks out, then it shouldn’t be too much hassle for them to let you do some tests yourself, right?

  • Have they let you measure their demo system for EMC and RF Exposure in an independent lab?

Efficiency:

Efficiency is crucial in determining the overall performance of the system.  It directly impacts overall charging speed and transmission distance by examining power loss from the power source to the receiving device.  Not to mention, it provides a good gauge about associated emissions.

  • What is the effieicncy of the proposed system? And how are they measuring it?

Now be careful here – an age-old trick is to provide efficiency figures for the ‘sweet spot’ of the system, which isn’t characteristic of the whole system. So make sure you ask…

  • Is efficiency being measured across a load range and range of X/Y/Z positions?
  • Do they know the absolute best and worst-case efficiency a user will experience (both where/how and how much)?

And if they don’t know what the best and worst case scenario is, then find out, why not?!

There is no reason why any of this information should be made unavailable to you, the customer. Furthermore, you should never be denied the opportunity to test the system independently.

By being able to clarify each of these questions, you will be able to understand exactly what the proposed system is capable of and how ‘real’ or commercially viable the technology actually is.

So the next time you are thinking about a wireless power alternative, make sure you don’t get caught up in the hype – do your due diligence and make sure the respective company can back up their assertions with real data.

What’s the big deal about Resonant?

September 16, 2015 / 8 Comments / 1099 / Consumer Electronics Solutions, Features

Wireless power has made significant advancements in the last few years with many inductive technologies becoming mainstream and widely available – notably Qi and PowerMat products. Major players like Samsung are building wireless power receivers into their phones along with a huge number of transmitters widely available from companies like AirCharge, TYLT and of course Samsung themselves. Currently there are nearly 700 different products on the market that are Qi certified alone.   

However, inductive wireless charging is not without its limitations – amongst them include slower charging speed and the requirement for precise alignment of the receiver (smartphone) and transmitter (wireless charger). This is where resonant technology can deliver a number of advantages and truly represents the future for charging wirelessly. Unlike inductive technologies, there are still zero finalized resonant products in the marketplace. A4WP has long promised an option and now the Wireless Power Consortium is in the process of developing a resonant specification called Resonant Qi. I’ve been working on the specification personally along with other top member companies at the WPC. The new Resonant Qi specification will overcome existing limitations with Inductive Qi and provide those consumer benefits which OEMs are looking to integrate into their devices.

What’s most important?

The discussion on how inductive and resonant perform must be framed in respect to what is valued by the end user. Specifically, what are the factors that will increase the appeal of wireless charging for the consumer?

  • Speed: Is the technology able to charge at the same or better speed than current wired chargers?
  • Multiple devices: Are you able to charge multiple devices (and multiple types of devices) at the same time?
  • Efficiency: How much power being delivered from the source is actually getting through to the device and not being lost? Will it still work efficiently if it is integrated into the surfaces of furniture etc.?
  • Alignment (spatial freedom): Are you able to charge devices in multiple positions and orientations on the charger (X & Y axis)?  Or does it require precise alignment of the device?  How does it perform on the Z axis over greater height?
  • Power level: Can the technology charge a range of devices – including higher power devices (>10W)?
  • Design: Can it be integrated into devices through miniaturized receivers, without the need for charging cases or sleeves?
  • Safety:  Does the technology meet stringent industry guidelines i.e. 1998 and the 2009 ICNIRP (International Council on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection)?  Safety is determined  by how much radio frequency (RF) exposure can be applied without being harmful to human health.  
  • Interference: Will the technology affect the operation of the devices themselves, or peripheral devices and appliances?  Specifically, are the EMF and EMI below industry limits?
  • Interoperable: Will the technology be able to work with existing wireless charging solutions currently on the market?

Based on the above factors, how do inductive and resonant technologies stack up?

I have used examples of current inductive products that we find on the market today (Qi and PMA) to compare functionality and performance with the Resonant Qi specification, currently in the works – see Table 1 below:

Resonant comp

Overall, resonant presents a wireless charging future with greater convenience, performance and flexibility.  The main areas where we will see the greatest advantages are:

  • Faster charging – You can’t charge atwired speeds” if you are wasting energy as heat. Either you just won’t get enough power or you will cause you phone to overheat because you exceeded its thermal budget.  This is why, for example, when using the Galaxy S6’s wireless charger, the phone is charged approximately 1:30 hours slower than when I plug it into the wall (it takes 2:55 hours instead of 1:25 hours). A wired charger is 2.2x faster than the current inductive wireless charger. With Qualcomm’s wired quick charger technology and the new USB standard now available this is going to be even more important in the future.
  • Multi-device charging – Inductive systems can only charge one device at a time. Resonant systems can charge many devices simultaneously and at different power levels.  This makes it particularly useful for shared-use environments like table tops in the home or office.
  • Full Spatial freedom – For all three axis, x, y and z. One of the benefits of resonant technology is that it makes it really easy to drop and go, as well as charge through table tops or furniture. One of the biggest complaints about inductive charging is the requirement to precisely align the device. This is why inductive transmitters tend to have sticky rubber rings on their surface. This stops your device sliding off the charge when you bump your bedside table, for example.

Resonant Qi technology provides the next evolution to an already widely available set of products. It will provide a noticeable step-up in performance over the current inductive solutions, and will help wireless charging technology become more pervasive. Today, inductive solutions continue to be the only option for consumers wanting to purchase their own wireless charging system despite a lot of noise from other rival resonant standards. One has to ask why there are no (zero!) A4WP products shipping in the market to date.

The key for the WPC, and arguably the industry at large, will be to deliver a Resonant Qi specification that remains fully compatible with the hundreds of millions of existing Qi products on the market, while also delivering greater user performance over inductive systems. This approach puts the consumer first, and the best technologies always do.

Is 2015 Finally the Year Where Wireless Power Goes Mainstream?

March 13, 2015 / 0 Comments / 461 / Consumer Electronics Solutions, Features

Fady Mishriki, CEO.

It has been an incredibly exciting start to 2015 with several major announcements in wireless power along with several noticeable absences…

Just last week we saw the first major smartphone manufacturer (major by market share) embed wireless charging into their flagship device. Samsung has decided to build in the WPC’s Qi technology into their flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 edge device. Qi wireless charging will be supported out of the box by Samsung for the first time. These new smartphones will also support PMA. This is sometimes called “dual-mode.” As a WPC steering group member this is great news. You may be surprised to hear me say that, but it really is.

What it means is that companies making a significant investment to deploy infrastructure in coffee shops, cars, airports, home furniture and so on, can make those investments with confidence. There is no longer any fear or uncertainty regarding which standard major smartphones will adopt.

These dual-mode phones are and will continue to drive demand for Qi transmitters. It’s not hard to see why. Qi caters to the widest range of applications and offers a clear path forward to resonance whilst guaranteeing full backwards compatibility. Brands like IKEA, AirCharge, McDonalds, Chargespot, Marriott, Toyota to name few are all choosing Qi transmitters. That’s right – Qi only transmitters. In fact, there are over 682 Qi certified devices today.

The WPC called out a few key stats in its recent Press release:

  • 15 cars have Qi chargers built in, or available as a factory installed option. Examples include the new 2016 Toyota Camry and the 2015 Jeep Cherokee.
  • 80% of car manufacturers by volume will release cars with support for Qi.
  • Google wireless charging transmitters on Amazon – almost every option you see is Qi and there are so many great options to choose from. Some of my favourites are the TyltAircharge and Nokia ranges.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 joining the Qi club, today almost every single smartphone manufacturer (except Apple, Levono and Xiaomi) has a flagship device with Qi wireless charging built in. This includes LG, HTC, Google Nexus, Microsoft and Motorola.

Aircharge’s recently launched app is a great way to find Qi charging spots around the world. It shows that there are over 3,000 locations in a wide variety of locations supporting Qi and this is only the beginning. Businesses are paying to install Qi. To put that in context, the PMA has 200 noted locations –all within Starbucks locations. The noticeable absence of the A4WP camp is also interesting. A4WP has no products in the market to date.

Why then did PMA select A4WP as its resonance path forward given how similar WPC and PMA technology are? As an engineer and technologist, it’s hard to see how PMA and A4WP technologies can result in a single truly interoperable standard. One can always co-house systems, but that’s not a cost effective solution – nor is it likely to fit in a modern day smartphone.

Additionally, you may find it interesting that most of the press seems to have misinterpreted the merging of two standards organisations as the merging of two standards – which it is not.

When we hosted the Wireless Power Consortium in Auckland in January, the Resonant Qi Specification was made available to its 200+ member companies. We were pleased to host the meeting for the second year and contributed a significant amount of our technology, intellectual property and expertise to deliver a highly efficient, backwards-compatible, resonant wireless charging system.

We now we have the world’s first resonant system compatible with the most widely deployed wireless power standard. That’s extremely exciting as it provides companies like Samsung a clear path to Resonant Qi with full backwards compatibility to Inductive Qi.

The advancement includes safety features such as foreign object detection, even with multi-device systems, as well as an industry leading 70%+ total system efficiency for a fast and effective charge.

PowerbyProxi’s new evaluation kit is a single design which supports both Resonant Qi and Inductive Qi modes, providing a clear way forward for the growing number of OEMs who are integrating the WPC’s Qi standard into their smartphones and other devices.

2015 is already off to a fast start and is going to be an incredibly exciting year for wireless power. One that we will look back on as a tipping point in the industry.

Proxi-2D EVK Development Kit now available

February 19, 2015 / 2 Comments / 238 / Consumer Electronics Solutions, Features

PowerbyProxi is delighted to announce the availability of our latest evaluation kit for consumer electronic devices – The Proxi-2D EVK Development Kit

This Development Kit represents the next step in resonant technology with higher efficiency, advanced foreign object detection and Qi v1.1 certification.

The Proxi-2D represents a critical next step in the advancement of the Qi specification and shows consumers the possibility of an integrated, resonant system that is backwards compatible with existing Qi devices.

This release reflects overwhelming demand from our customers and partners to accelerate technology development for greater flexibility and convenience for wireless charging, including extending the existing Qi standard.

The Proxi-2D includes a single transmitter and two receivers.  Both the transmitter and receiver can operate in resonant and Qi mode, and are interchangeable with Qi devices.

Included in the kit are spacers to showcase z height testing of the devices at 3, 5 and 7mm, as well as software to enable real time testing and monitoring of both the transmitter and receiver.

Dual mode functionality enables three configurations – testing of Resonant receivers on our resonant transmitter, Qi receivers on our resonant transmitter and finally our resonant receiver on a Qi transmitter.

Resonant Receivers operating on Resonant Transmitter

The first use case allows customers to test with multiple resonant receivers on our resonant transmitter.  Built-in intelligence means the resonant transmitter automatically detects when the receiver has been placed on the pad, powering only those coils which lie directly under the device.

The system is able to deliver up to 7.5Watts of power to each receiver – highlighting the ability to charge larger devices such as phablets and tablets. Core technology features including Multi-device charging and full spatial freedom enable multiple receivers to be charged simultaneously in any location on the transmitter.

Qi Receiver operating on Resonant Transmitter

The second configuration allows for testing of Qi receivers on our dual mode resonant transmitter.  Any current Qi phone on the market can be charged but with added functionality of full spatial freedom for placement anywhere on the charging surface.

The transmitter is able to detect the type of receiver and delivers the required power to the device – up to 5W for current Qi devices.

Resonant Receivers operating on Qi Transmitters

The third configuration enables backward compatibility with current Qi transmitters.  Our dual mode resonant receivers detect the type of transmitter and switch to operate in Qi mode

In such instances, the resonant receiver detects the Qi pad and switches to Qi mode – drawing between 3.5 – 5 watts of power depending on the Qi transmitter.

For each configuration, users are able to monitor and measure the performance of the system, including individual coil status on the transmitter and overall current and voltage characteristics in each mode.

For more information on the development kit and to receive updates on further advancements, please visit the Proxi-2D EVK page.

Proxi-2D EVK-1 Evaluation Kit now available

August 13, 2014 / 0 Comments / 489 / Consumer Electronics Solutions, Features

PowerbyProxi is delighted to announce the availability of our latest evaluation kit for consumer electronic devices – The Proxi-2D EvK-1

This kit represents the next step in wireless charging with dual mode functionality for both resonant and Qi technologies. Users will be able to experience resonant charging that is compatible to the existing Qi 1.1 standard, currently available on the market.

The Proxi-2D represents a critical next step in the advancement of the Qi specification and shows consumers the possibility of an integrated, resonant system that is backwards compatible with existing Qi devices.

This release reflects overwhelming demand from our customers and partners to accelerate technology development for greater flexibility and convenience for wireless power and charging, including extending the existing Qi standard.

The Proxi-2D includes a single transmitter and two receivers.  Both the transmitter and receiver can operate in resonant and Qi mode, and are interchangeable with Qi devices.

Included in the kit are spacers to showcase z height testing of the devices at 3, 5 and 7mm, as well as software to enable real time testing and monitoring of both the transmitter and receiver.

Dual mode functionality enables three configurations – testing of Resonant receivers on our resonant transmitter, Qi receivers on our resonant transmitter and finally our resonant receiver on a Qi transmitter.

Resonant Receivers operating on Resonant Transmitter2D EVK-1.2

The first use case allows customers to test with multiple resonant receivers on our resonant transmitter.  Built-in intelligence means the resonant transmitter automatically detects when the receiver has been placed on the pad, powering only those coils which lie directly under the device.

The system is able to deliver up to 7.5Watts of power to each receiver – highlighting the ability to charge larger devices such as phablets and tablets. Core technology features including Multi-device charging and full spatial freedom enable multiple receivers to be charged simultaneously in any location on the transmitter.

Qi Receiver operating on Resonant TransmitterEVK-1 with Qi phone 1

The second configuration allows for testing of Qi receivers on our dual mode resonant transmitter.  Any current Qi phone on the market can be charged but with added functionality of full spatial freedom for placement anywhere on the charging surface.

The transmitter is able to detect the type of receiver and delivers the required power to the device – up to 5W for current Qi devices.

Resonant Receivers operating on Qi Transmitters2D EVK-1.4

The third configuration enables backward compatibility with current Qi transmitters.  Our dual mode resonant receivers detect the type of transmitter and switch to operate in Qi mode

In such instances, the resonant receiver detects the Qi pad and switches to Qi mode – drawing between 3.5 – 5 watts of power depending on the Qi transmitter.

For each configuration, users are able to monitor and measure the performance of the system, including individual coil status on the transmitter and overall current and voltage characteristics in each mode.

For more information on the evaluation kit and to receive updates on further advancements, please visit the Proxi-2D EVK-1 page: http://powerbyproxi.com/evaluation-kits/proxi-2d-evk-1/

Unplugging the last cable with Wireless Power

August 5, 2014 / 0 Comments / 223 / Features

PowerbyProxi presents a vision of how wireless power can be integrated into the home and office to enable greater convenience for the charging of devices and managing power within these environments.  We further consider its impact on transport infrastructure and what a unified standard means for overseas travel.

Transcript for the video is included below:

PowerbyProxi offers a glimpse into the not-so-distant future to consider a world where wireless power is part of everyday life – a world where the last cable has been unplugged.  Some of the most noticeable changes start in the home.  Unrestricted by the power cable, embedded transmitters and integrated receivers safely charge or power electronic devices and appliances across a range of surfaces.  Everything from televisions to lights, to kitchen appliances can be moved and repositioned at will while continuing to be powered.

Miniaturization of receivers to enable convenient wireless recharging will breed further advances in the development of handheld devices and wearable technologies.  More significantly, users will be able to directly manage how power is distributed.  Consider, for instance, the ability to remotely monitor and coordinate the charging of numerous devices.  Not only will power become more flexible and accessible than ever before, but consumers will be able to exercise greater control over how it is used.

The same benefits will translate into the office, where integrated wireless power and wireless data solutions, will boost operational efficiency.  Aside from the reduction in cable clutter, integrated transmitters provide for convenient reconfiguration of workspaces and greater interconnectedness between devices.  Combined wireless power and data transfer supports a more efficient and effective environment for the sharing of information while adding a new dimension to viewing and interpreting data.

Vehicle transportation will also become safer with wireless harnesses removing the need for complex wiring looms, and providing more reliable routing of power to key areas.   Various surfaces within the car can be converted into wireless transmitters for the charging of a range of electronic devices.  The same principle is applied to transport infrastructure on a grand scale. Transmitter pads and docks, integrated into roadways, intersections and carparks, provide an economical and environmentally optimal means to support the refuelling and recharging of the vehicle.  And as in the home, charging can be managed remotely to optimize the amount and timing of power transfer, minimizing costs.

Even when flying, wireless power ensures a safer and less stressful journey.  From the moment you step on the plane devices will be able to be charged from the relative comfort of your seat.  When overseas, a unified standard for wireless charging across means that all essential electronics can be re-charged conveniently, without the pain of carrying, borrowing or buying cables and connectors.

As a leader in the innovation of resonant wireless power solutions across multiple environments, PowerbyProxi is looking forward to help reduce our reliance on the power cable and deliver accessible, pervasive wireless power to the world.

The PowerbyProxi Challenge – IPT car race at The University of Auckland

June 12, 2014 / 0 Comments / 138 / Features

Every year The University of Auckland Power Electronics department holds an IPT car race which is a part of their final year design project.  In 2014 PowerbyProxi had the privilege of sponsoring the event (called the PowerbyProxi challenge), which involves students designing an inductive power system to deliver power to a radio controlled car that is raced on a circular track.

The event which was held on June 6th, required students to design a pick-up coil, pick-up controller, and an output power regulator which will efficiently deliver power from a transmitting racetrack to an RC car. The challenge of the course is to pick-up maximum power from the track and also convert it in such a way as to provide optimum acceleration to the DC motor which drives the car.

After a semester of learning and many hours spent in the labs, the students were finally given the chance to test their designs in the first round of qualifying: a drag race. Every pair of students was allowed to place their circuit into an RC car, and compete for time along a single track of approximately 10 meters. The drag race is a pure test of speed, and measures the performance of the design. The 8 teams with the fastest qualifying times are invited to compete in the finals, with a $300 prize at stake.

In contrast to the drag race, the finals are set on an ovular track which tests not only circuit performance but also driver handling. The track was set up in the foyer of the ECE department and many students and faculty gathered to watch the annual competition. The sponsor PowerbyProxi had a healthy representation at the event, as 12 engineers (mostly UoA alumni) from the company travelled to the university to support the students.

Students competed 1v1 in the best of 3 races. Round after round, students were eliminated as those with superior driving and circuit performance made their way to the later round. A dramatic final eventually provided a winner, who was congratulated with rapturous applause from the more the 50 strong crowd. PowerbyProxi engineering manager, Kunal Bhargava, presented a trophy and the prize money to the deserving students.

But the drama wasn’t over! As a final test of their design, the students were given the opportunity to race against the faculty designed vehicle. The staff car was driven by Arunim Kumar from PowerbyProxi. The University of Auckland alumni gave the rookie engineers a clinic as he won 3 straight races against the newly crowned champions.

At the end of the day, the PowerbyProxi challenge provided the Power Electronics students with a fun way to test the designs and round out the semester. PowerbyProxi is grateful for the opportunity to support the up and coming IPT engineers in this challenging and exciting course, and the company looks forward to its continued involvement in future years.

Zach Harris

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The Future of Wireless Power with PowerbyProxi

February 7, 2014 / 0 Comments / 154 / Consumer Electronics Solutions, Features

PowerbyProxi designs the world’s most advanced and safest wireless charging technology for consumer electronics and industrial applications.  In this video we show our vision for the future of wireless charging in the home, and highlight how wireless power can provide greater convenience for consumers.

Click here to learn more about wireless power and our wireless power technologies.

Partnerships, Investment and moving house

October 7, 2013 / 0 Comments / 177 / Consumer Electronics Solutions, Features

There are a lot of exciting things happening of late at PowerbyProxi and in the broader wireless power industry – all in all it has kept me very busy and is partly the reason my last blog post was 3 months ago! (my travel manager tells me I have flown over 160,000 kms to meet with our many customers and partners).

All those air miles later, it is a particular privilege to welcome Samsung, who join TE Connectivity as one are our strategic partners in wireless power – more on that later.

Two weeks ago, to cope with exponential growth, our Auckland office (where all our clever R&D is done) moved across Victoria Park into our big new home at 43 College Hill, Freemans Bay Bay in Auckland. The dreaded move went seamlessly thanks to our wonderful Executive Assistant.

A few days prior to that move, we also welcomed Qualcomm to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) at their Qingdao, China meeting. At that meeting Tony Francesca (our VP of Business Development, Consumer Technologies) was also appointed to Chair the WPC’s Resonance Task Force (part of the Low Power Working Group).

The most exciting thing however is that last week we announced our strategic partnership with Samsung – after a courtship that lasted a couple of years. When we founded the company in 2007, we knew that Consumer Electronics was going to be a key market for us, but it was still too early for the technology back then.  This partnership is further evidence that wireless power is fast becoming mainstream in Consumer Electronics.

For me personally, this marks the commercial realization of work that started many years ago when I was a student at The University of Auckland. We are now well positioned to leverage our wireless power technology (find out more info on wireless power) in both the consumer and industrial market segments with Samsung and TE Connectivity as strategic partners respectively.

The deal consists of an equity investment from Samsung Venture Investment in addition to a strategic licensing agreement with Samsung Electro-Mechanics.

It is certainly a very exciting time for us at PowerbyProxi. The partnership with Samsung in particular is significant for us given they have also been one of the earliest proponents of wireless power. Many Galaxy and Note smartphones have had wireless charging ports as standard for some time now, as an example.

In announcing the deal, Vice President, Hugh Kim, Director of Wireless Charging Development said “Our research identified PowerbyProxi as a leader in wireless power technology based on its expertise, track record and comprehensive patent portfolio.”

The partnership will enable us to leverage our wireless power technology and IP to deliver the best user experience to a mass audience. We are certainly excited to be working with Samsung.

With so much of what we do under wraps, it’s nice to be able to share some of the exciting things going on at PowerbyProxi. We have more major announcements coming out soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Fady Mishriki is Co-Founder, EVP and Chief Tesla Officer of PowerbyProxi

Interoperability – you know you want it

June 10, 2013 / 0 Comments / 225 / Consumer Electronics Solutions, Features

Last week I travelled to Taipei for Computex 2013 to demonstrate our latest Qi compatible wireless charging technology.  What we presented was a wireless receiver that can be charged on multiple Qi transmitters, including our next generation wireless charging pad enabling multi-device charging and full spatial freedom with full Qi interoperability.

You can see the demo itself in this video which highlights our intention for it to become integrated directly into smartphones – as we have demonstrated in our Proxi Integrated Smartphone Solution previously.

However, what the demo and the underlying technology essentially shows is not only a pathway towards a better, more advanced Qi standard – but more importantly, the first step towards what everybody ultimately wants from wireless charging – interoperability.

It is something our customers have requested from us and we have set on the path to deliver – while maintaining the advantages that our Dynamic Harmonization Control technology provides.

Interoperability means that consumers have the ability and confidence to use multiple smartphones on any (Qi) compatible charging pad with the knowledge that it will not only charge, but do so efficiently and reliably.  Unlike wired chargers, wireless by nature provides the opportunity to break free from model-specific charging connectors – people want to buy one pad which will charge all their phones, anywhere, without discrimination.

PowerbyProxi made a conscious choice to join the WPC in May to push the advancement of what we considered to be the leading wireless charging standard in the market (Qi) so that consumers can experience fully functional, flexible, convenient, and ultimately superior wireless charging sooner.  We have only been a member for a few weeks but have already started demonstrating results that show how our multi-device and spatially free charging systems are interoperable with Qi.

You can be sure that as a member of the WPC we will continue to work with it’s members extend the specifications and the functionality of the current Qi standard while ensuring greater compatibility within the Qi ecosystem.  Ultimately keeping the consumer our number 1 priority.

Fady Mishriki is Co-Founder, EVP and Chief Tesla Officer at PowerbyProxi

 

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