Energous, vivo team on smartphone wireless charging

February 26, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Energous, vivo team on smartphone wireless charging
Wireless power transfer startup Energous (San Jose, CA) has announced a collaboration with vivo Global in China to explore integrating its WattUp technology into smartphone designs that charge wirelessly over-the-air.

“We are excited to announce a collaboration with vivo, a top six global smartphone manufacturer, to explore the use of our WattUp wireless charging 2.0 technology,” said Stephen Rizzone, president and CEO of Energous. “As a society, we rely so heavily on our smartphones every day, and their draining batteries are a constant pain point for consumers. Vivo is looking for WattUp to provide a solution that alleviates the battery anxiety problem that exists today, as it offers a variety of benefits over first-generation technologies, while giving consumers much greater utility with their devices.”  

WattUp uses radio frequency (RF) to charge a wide variety of electronic devices. Energous licenses its WattUp technology to manufacturers for integration into transmitting and receiving products of various shapes and sizes and has a chip deal with strategic investor Dialog Semiconductor.

The small footprint allows WattUp to be integrated into products of all shapes and sizes, while foreign object detection eliminates thermal issues with metal and other materials. It also offers orientation freedom and 90-degree angle support, unlike inductive or capacitive wireless charging technologies.

“As one of the world’s largest emerging smartphone manufacturers and a preferred brand among young consumers globally, vivo is an extraordinary company that takes an innovative approach to solving user pain points by leveraging leading technologies,” said Mark Tyndall, senior vice president, corporate development and strategy, and general manager, emerging products business group at Dialog Semiconductor.

“There is an incredible market opportunity that exists in the smartphone industry, and we believe Energous’ collaboration with vivo has the ability to introduce the revolutionary WattUp technology to the masses and drive forward wireless charging 2.0 in a significant way.”

www.energous.com

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