Texas Instruments (TI) recently introduced its next generation wireless power technology – 80% smaller than the previous generation with high efficiency – the technology will be able to charge cell phones, cameras and other mobile electronics using simple touch with no wires.
In late 2008 the Wireless Power Consortium made up of several key electronics manufacturers (including TI) established Qi as the global standard for powering rechargeable electronic products. TI has been working on developing transmitter and receiver kits based on the Qi standard and while pervious development kits have already been demonstrated by the company before the recently
TI’s bq51013 wireless unit
is significantly smaller and can easily fit inside many electronic devices.
There are several players in the wireless charging including powermat which sells inductive base station and special wireless receivers, the technology is far from widespread at present. TI is hoping it will be able to bring wireless charging to a much wider range of products and manufacturers who would integrate it into their products rather than require users to purchase separate receivers.
TI states several potential applications for the new bq51013 unit including:
Power tools and flashlights
Global positioning devices
TFOT previously covered WiTricity – Intel’s Wireless Power Technology Demonstrated.
For more information can be found on the TI website.
Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.
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