Global Electronics Manufacturer looks to WiTricity for Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles
WATERTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WiTricity, the industry pioneer in highly resonant wireless power transfer over distance, today announced an intellectual property license agreement with TDK Corporation, a leading global supplier of electronic systems, components, and materials. This licensing agreement will enable TDK to commercialize WiTricity’s patented technology to create efficient and high performance wireless charging systems for carmakers, allowing next generation electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to charge effortlessly by simply parking over a TDK wireless charging pad.
“We are proud to help advance the market for wireless charging with such an accomplished partner as TDK.”
TDK has long been a leader in providing electronic materials and components essential to modern wireless charging systems. In particular, TDK is known as the world’s leading producer of electronic components based on advanced ferrites, a vital material for harnessing magnetic fields, and has a large and rapidly growing business as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier in the automotive industry. Under this IP license agreement, TDK will be able to offer wireless charging systems to carmakers for future rechargeable hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles. In addition, TDK is licensed to offer compatible automotive wireless charging sources for home, commercial, and public use.
WiTricity’s technology delivers electric power safely over distance and eliminates the need for charging cables required by EVs and PHEVs currently on the market. Carmakers around the world have identified wireless charging as a key differentiator in the marketplace because of the convenience it offers vehicle owners. International standards for wireless charging systems are being developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), with the goal of ensuring interoperability of wireless charging systems and EVs/PHEVs on a global basis.
“There is widespread recognition that wireless charging will be central to the growth of the electric vehicle market,” said WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen. “We are proud to help advance the market for wireless charging with such an accomplished partner as TDK.”
WiTricity Corporation is enabling a wirelessly powered world by providing the foundational technology necessary for organizations to bring wireless power solutions to market faster. The company was founded in 2007 to commercialize an exciting new technology called “WiTricity,” which enables wireless power over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity Corporation provides end-to-end technology transfer for companies who want to incorporate WiTricity in their products. With a growing list of global licensees in industries including consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power using magnetic resonance. For more information, visit www.witricity.com, or follow WiTricity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.
About TDK Corporation
TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s portfolio includes electronic components, modules and systems* marketed under the product brands TDK and EPCOS, power supplies, magnetic application products as well as energy devices, flash memory application devices, and others. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and consumer, automotive and industrial electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2013, TDK posted total sales of USD 9.1 billion and employed about 80,000 people worldwide.
* The product portfolio includes ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, ferrites, inductors, high-frequency components such as surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter products and modules, piezo and protection components, and sensors.