Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC, solid-state lighting, and Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, announced it has agreed to a joint collaboration with Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT), the developer of WattUp™, a novel wire-free charging technology for electronic devices that provides power at a distance with complete mobility under full software control. Dialog and Energous will develop reference designs to engage customers and further evaluate the market for wire-free power.
“Dialog has quickly established itself as a key semiconductor supplier in the IoT and wearable market.” said Sean McGrath, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog Semiconductor. “By bringing together our existing lowest power, smallest footprint Bluetooth Smart IC with its energy harvesting support and Energous’ over the air wireless charging technology in a proof-of-concept reference design, both companies plan to demonstrate the ability to charge wearable CE devices without the need for power connectors or charging mats.”
“Our collaboration with Dialog Semiconductor will provide consumer electronics manufacturers with a superior technology that will differentiate their products with the freedom of charging without wires,” said Stephen R. Rizzone, CEO of Energous Corporation. “By optimizing WattUp with Dialog’s SmartBond™ connectivity and power management technology, OEMs will be able to seamlessly and rapidly integrate wire-free charging and remote management right into their devices.”
WattUp is a novel, patent and trademark-pending solution that delivers intelligent, scalable power via the same radio bands as a Wi-Fi router. WattUp differs from current wireless charging systems in that it delivers meaningful, useable power, at a distance, while allowing users to roam while charging. The result is a true wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices or place them on a mat.
SmartBond provides the highest level of integration with the fewest external components of any Bluetooth Smart solution available today. World leading ultra-low power consumption, small footprint and the ability to fully host wellness & fitness applications without an external microcontroller ensure SmartBond is the chip-of-choice for wearable and many other high volume battery powered Internet of Things devices.