Texas Instruments joins A4WP to support wireless charging technologies of the future

December 10, 2012
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    Texas Instruments has officially announced in a press release that it is joining the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). While the company is joining the new group, it has noted that it will not abandon the current or future versions of Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi standard and will continue to create products using this standard including bqTESLA wireless power receivers and transmitter integrated circuits.

    The Senior Vice President of the company said that they would work closely with both initiatives, which will help them in continuing their lead in wireless power.

    A4WP is an initiative by leading electronic companies which is focused on delivering a specification that permits “spatial freedom” and help in advancing the field of wireless power. Recently, A4WP released its specifications involving loosely coupled magnetic resonance technology that could charge electronic devices including smartphones and tablets with different power requirements at the same time. The group includes large companies like Samsung, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and others.

    The foundation of A4WP was organised in April and the Texas Instruments addition comes as a big step towards the dream of wireless charging for every mobile device. The most recent example of implementation of such a technology is Google’s Charging Orb for Nexus 4, which is sold separately. The Charging Orb is yet to hit the market though.

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    TI expands development of wireless power technologies

    Supports new Alliance for Wireless Power specification in addition to Wireless Power Consortium Qi standard

    DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced it has joined the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). TI will continue to develop new bqTESLA™ wireless power receiver and transmitter integrated circuits that comply with existing and future versions of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi standard, and also create products that support the A4WP magnetic resonance specification.

    “TI is actively bringing advanced wireless power capabilities to the market,” said Sami Kiriaki, senior vice president of TI Power Management. “The WPC Qi specification is clearly the standard for wireless power today, and there is an emerging trend toward loosely coupled technologies – something both WPC and A4WP are exploring. We believe that working closely with both initiatives will help us continue to lead in wireless power.”

    Organized in April, A4WP is a group of electronics companies, including Samsung, Qualcomm and others, focused on advancing the field of wireless power by delivering a specification that permits spatial freedom. The group officially released its A4WP specification, which is based on loosely coupled magnetic resonance technology, to simultaneously charge smartphones and other portable electronics with different power requirements.

    TI is making wireless power a reality

    Wireless power is an emerging technology that creates a better charging experience for consumers, just as Wi-Fi replaced the need to use an Ethernet cable for Internet connectivity. TI’s advanced receiver and transmitter integrated circuits, such as the recently announced bq51050B single-chip wireless power receiver with integrated charger and bq500410A 3-coil transmitter, are making wireless power a reality. As the leading provider of power management ICs, including battery management and power supply technology, TI relies on its power design expertise to drive innovations in wireless charging. For samples and bqTESLA development kits, visit: www.ti.com/wirelesspower-pr.

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