WiTricity and Texas Instruments Collaborate on Wireless Charging Solution for EVs
【Summary】WiTricity, a pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced it has collaborated with Texas Instruments (TI) to use automotive-grade semiconductor components in WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging systems and reference designs.
WATERTOWN, Mass. — WiTricity, an industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced it has collaborated with Texas Instruments (TI) to use automotive-grade semiconductor components in WiTricity's DRIVE 11 wireless charging systems and reference designs.
WiTricity's DRIVE 11 wireless charging system enables drivers to park and charge their electric vehicles (EVs) without having to handle charging cables. The company's TMN Controller utilizing TI's C2000 real-time control microcontroller (MCU) can 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 operating conditions including parking misalignment at a charging location, differing vehicle ground clearances and varying battery voltage conditions.
"New automotive technologies, such as wireless charging, are entering the market at a rapid pace," said 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. WiTricity's wireless charging technology can serve to expand the automotive charging ecosystem," said Matt Watson, general manager of TI's C2000 MCU business. "At TI, we are committed to delivering innovations to enable the electrification of vehicles and the rapid evolution toward a greener future."
WiTricity develops solutions to enable wireless power transfer over distance using its patented magnetic resonance technology. WiTricity is working with top global carmakers and Tier 1 suppliers to deploy magnetic resonance solutions. WiTricity also supports consumer electronics, industrial and medical wireless solutions through its licensee partners.
WiTricity is working with major automakers, including Toyota to bring the next generation of wireless EV charging a commercial reality. Licensing agreements have been announced with Delphi, TDK, IHI, Shindengen, Daihen and BRUSA.
WiTricity is also collaborating directly with leading carmakers to drive global standards for wireless charging systems. Standards initiatives the company is involved in include the SAE International, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), STILLE, China Automotive Technology & Research Center (CATARC) China Electricity Council and Chinese Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI).
Originally hailing from New Jersey, Eric is a automotive & technology reporter covering the high-tech industry here in Silicon Valley. He has over 15 years of automotive experience and a bachelors degree in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the auto industry and beyond. He has worked at Uber on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology.
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