Siemens invests in WiTricity to advance wireless charging for electric vehicles

By Ross Denyer | June 30, 2022

Siemens has invested $25 million in WiTricity, a wireless charging technology company specialising in EV charging. By investing, Siemens has acquired a minority stake in WiTricity, and entered the EV wireless charging market in earnest.  Whilst WiTricity has raised more than this in previous single rounds of funding, it is a significant gesture by Siemens […]

Power Integrations Expands InnoSwitch4-CZ Integrated Switcher Family to 220 W

By Ross Denyer | June 30, 2022

Power Integrations is one of the primary suppliers of GaN based power ICs, specialising in very highly integrated solutions. It has announced the expansion of its InnoSwitch4-CZ family to meet the latest USB PD 3.1 specification, allowing adapters to reach power ratings up to 220W.  So far, highly integrated solutions have been used in designs […]

Electric-car charging stations are becoming more common, but there’s still one huge problem: Tons of them don’t work

By Ryan Sanderson | June 8, 2022

A recent survey conducted in California, USA revealed that out of 181 DC fast chargers visited, only 72.5% were functional. Whilst this is only a small sample of the total 100,000 plus EV charging points in the USA, the results highlight a challenge which will need addressing as countries continue to roll out EV charging […]

DeepCharge develops universal wireless charging

By Ross Denyer | May 26, 2022

DeepCharge has developed a smart charging technology that claims to remove some of the most difficult challenges related to wireless charging. DeepCharge claim that the technology will be able to charge everything from smart phones and laptops through to power tools and industrial robots. A power supply fitted beneath a table or desk with supporting […]

ABB, Shell to launch first nationwide EV charging network in Germany

By Ryan Sanderson | May 26, 2022

ABB E-Mobility and Shell announced an agreement this week for 200 360kW Terra EV chargers to be made available across Germany in the next 12 months. The launch of this network will provide additional DC fast charging support for German EV owners and support the overall goals of its charging stations infrastructure rollout across the […]

Weltrend announced availability of industry’s first USB PD 3.1 Controllers

By Ryan Sanderson | May 18, 2022

Weltrend recently announced the release of its WT6676F and WT667F USB Power Delivery (PD) controllers which it claims are the industry’s first which support the USB PD Revision 3.1, enabling full support for output voltages up to 48V and power output up to 240W.  Since the USB IF announced the USB PD specification revision 3.1 […]

Infineon’s new Battery Management ICs

By Ryan Sanderson | May 18, 2022

Infineon has expanded its battery monitoring and balancing range with several new chips designed for use in battery management systems (BMS). The TLE9012DQU is its latest analog front-end battery monitor, capable of monitoring up to 12 battery cells connected in series and provides cell voltage measurements, temperature measurement, cell balancing and communication to the main […]

Navitas GaN IC selected for Vivo’s 8” screen foldable phone

By Ross Denyer | May 4, 2022

As more manufacturers are choosing to remove the packaged charger from smartphones, Vivo have decided to go in a different direction by not only continuing to include a charger with its new flagship “X Fold”, they have chosen to include a dual port 80W GaN charger. GaN technology allows for more efficient and more compact […]

Wi-Charge joins forces with Belkin to apply its over-the-air wireless power technology to consumer products

By Ross Denyer | May 4, 2022

Belkin has reportedly signed a deal with Wi-Charge, an over-the-air (OTA) wireless power start up. This announcement came alongside rumours that it would be releasing two products by the end of 2022, which have since been denied by Belkin, who released a statement explaining that it has only committed to R&D on some product concepts.  […]

Nitecore camera batteries adopt USB Type-C charging

By Ryan Sanderson | April 24, 2022

The adoption of USB Type-C has unified charging across many devices including mobile phones, laptop PCs, wireless audio and portable battery packs. A common connector has not only allowed for waste reduction from redundant power adapters but also in many cases standardisation around fast charging using protocols such as USB power delivery (PD).  There are […]

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