Expanding on Delphi’s existing license of WiTricity’s efficient high-power technology for wireless charging of electric vehicles (EVs), WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced a technology licensing agreement with Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC, a leading global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets. Under terms of the agreement, Delphi will license WiTricity’s intellectual property (IP) for magnetic resonance technology to commercialize efficient, high-performance wireless charging systems for in-vehicle charging of mobile consumer devices that will comply with the resonant wireless charging specification developed by the AirFuel™ Alliance.
In a 2014 study, Pew Research found that 64 percent of Americans use smartphones, with 15 percent using their smartphones as their primary source of Internet access. In addition, a 2014 study by market research firm IDC found that 56 percent of Android buyers, 49 percent of iPhone buyers and 53 percent of Windows Phone buyers said that battery life was a key reason they bought their particular device. As the holder of the foundational patents for highly resonant wireless power transfer over distance, WiTricity technology is part of the backbone of the AirFuel™ resonant specification, which offers a method of keeping smartphones and other mobile devices topped off with power wherever consumers go – homes, offices, public spaces, and now in-vehicle. The AirFuel™ Alliance boasts nearly 200 member companies driving to commercialize AirFuel-compliant wireless charging systems, including Delphi, WiTricity, Intel, Dell, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Broadcom, IDT, MediaTek and Samsung.
“As smartphones have become the preferred method of accessing the Internet and communicating, the number one concern for consumers is keeping their mobile devices charged and ready,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “Smart, fast, efficient wireless charging will become a ‘must have’ option for new vehicle buyers, and as a result of this agreement, Delphi will enable automakers to deliver the best user experience for in-vehicle wireless charging.”
Magnetic resonance technology from WiTricity offers a host of unique benefits over existing wireless charging solutions, including simultaneous wireless charging of multiple devices with differing power requirements and “spatial freedom” that eliminates the hassle of precise alignment and adds additional reach in three dimensions. Since joining the AirFuel™ Alliance (formerly the Alliance for Wireless Power) as a board member, WiTricity has helped lead the development of the AirFuel resonant specification, and continues to work with the AirFuel™ Alliance to enrich and strengthen the technology for AirFuel-based wireless charging in consumer electronics.
WiTricity Corporation provides technology to enable wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, semiconductor offerings, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global customers in the consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense industries, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance. For more information, visit www.witricity.com, or follow WiTricity on Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.