Another day, another agreement for the Internet of Things (IoT). This time it comes in the form of a collaboration between London-based chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor and local area wireless recharging company Energous Corp.
The agreement is to develop reference designs to promote the use of local area wire free recharging in a host of wearable devices and IoT.
The reference designs will be based on Energous’ WattUp technology that offers wire-free charging but from a distance. WattUp uses the same radio bands as a Wi-Fi router meaning users will be able to recharge their devices while roaming.
Sean McGrath, senior vice president and general manager for the Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business group at Dialog, said in a statement, that using Dialog’s Bluetooth Smart IC along with WattUp “both companies plan to demonstrate the ability to charge wearable [consumer electronic] devices without the need for power connectors or charging mats.”
Stephen R. Rizzone, CEO of Energous, said the collaboration will allow OEMs to “seamlessly and rapidly integrate wire-free charging and remote management right into their devices.”