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Look for WiPower Technology in 2012
Posted: 23-Mar-2011 [Source: MobileTechNews]

[The Qualcomm booth at CTIA is demonstrating its wireless charging technology set to be embedded in furniture, automobiles, trains, etc. as early as next year.]

CTIA, Orlando -- Qualcomm is demonstrating its WiPower(tm) technology at CTIA Wireless show in Orlando this week. Plans are underway for the technology to be implemented in furniture from end tables, to desk tops, etc. as well as embedded into automobiles and trains. The technology allows power to be transmitted wirelessly via near field magnetic resonance. John Boodhansingh, Qualcomm Product Manager for Wireless Charging Solutions, said the WiPower frequency band has not been publicly disclosed.

What is unique about Qualcomm's version of this technology is that direct physical contact with the charger and precision alignment is not required. Qualcomm terms this flexible coupling versus the competition's standard of tight coupling. Tight coupling means the device has to have direct contact and be in a specific location in reference to the charging unit.

The Qualcoom booth demonstration shows an iPad requiring 10 watts of power, an LED light using 2.5 watts of power, and two cellphones simultaneously charging requiring 5 watts power. The light sits on top of 25 mm of glass over the charger and the cellphones rest on top of 50 mm of glass over the charger. This flexible coupling is what makes the WiPower technology useful. It can readily be built into custom furniture pieces, automobiles, etc. In addition, the same charging station can charge devices with different charging requirements.

Qualcomm believes that as wireless devices become more power hungry with their expanding functionality and capabilities, the demand for recharging stations will grow exponentially.

Qualcomm expects the product to be in commercial production early next year. Although not yet approved by the FCC, Qualcomm reports it has been in talks with the FCC for some time regarding the technology and the FCC "is completely on board with it." Qualcomm is currently in talks with Duracell regarding product development.

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