WiTricity, TI team on EV wireless charging solution

November 14, 2017 //By Rich Pell
Chipmaker Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) and wireless power technology company Witricity (Watertown, MA) are collaborating to use automotive-grade semiconductor components in WiTricity's DRIVE 11 wireless charging systems and reference designs.

WiTricity's wireless charging system lets drivers park their electric vehicles (EVs) and rapidly and efficiently charge their vehicles wirelessy "at a distance" without having to handle charging cables. The company's TMN Controller uses TI's C2000 real-time control microcontroller (MCU) to enable DRIVE 11-based electric vehicles and charging stations to automatically optimize energy transfer between the source and vehicle in a wide range of real-world conditions, including parking misalignment, differing vehicle ground clearance, and varying battery voltage conditions.

"New automotive technologies, such as wireless charging, are entering the market at a rapid pace," says Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity. "TI has been enabling innovation for decades and working with them to deliver robust WiTricity automotive-grade silicon will give carmakers and Tier 1 suppliers confidence to deploy complete wireless charging solutions. We’re excited to be collaborating with TI to bring our TMN technology to carmakers around the world."

“Convenient charging built to automotive industry standards is a key to growing the adoption of electric vehicles," says Matt Watson, general manager of TI’s C2000 MCU business. "WiTricity’s wireless charging technology can serve to expand the automotive charging ecosystem. At TI, we are committed to delivering innovations to enable the electrification of vehicles and the rapid evolution toward a greener future.”

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