We are Cambridge Wireless Power

We started the Wireless Power revolution and can bring Wireless Power to your product.

In 2001 two Cambridge students Lily Cheng and James Hay had a bright idea – why not dispense of the tangle of charging wires and power all our gadgets wirelessly? Over several years, and investing millions of pounds, they developed a team and technology which was described by some of its blue-chip customers as “simply magic”. It could simultaneously charge multiple consumer gadgets (phones, headsets, mp3 players) with different power requirements, regardless of their position or orientation (see e.g. this New Scientist article). The ultimate in “chuck and charge” consumer convenience. In the process the team built world-class understanding and filed a slew of patents.

It was an idea ahead of its time, but today, ten years later, Wireless Power is now moving into the mainstream.  The market we defined and created is now shipping millions of units a quarter in a variety of devices, including mass-market consumer devices like the Palm Pre and now the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and a consortium of more than 50 companies has now defined the Qi standard. In 2012 the World Economic Forum listed Wireless Power as one of its top 10 emerging technologies.

Features and Benefits of Wireless Power

Wireless Power makes your product better by making your customer’s life easier.

Removing the tangle of wires makes the act of charging easier, and removing the charging connector can liberate your product design. With the advent of wireless data standards such as Bluetooth and WiFi the power connector is often the only “hole” left in the case. With Wireless Power you can remove this hole and seal your product for life, preventing dirt and water ingress. This has obvious advantages whether your product is a watch, a toy, a walkie-talkie, or a medical device.

As well as improving existing designs, Wireless Power enables whole new product categories, for products where the charging wire or socket is a real limitation.

The secrets of Wireless Power

Transferring power wirelessly is relatively easy. But to do so safely, cheaply and efficiently is much harder. It requires a deep knowledge of subjects that most engineers regard as “black box magic”: magnetic materials, power electronics, control electronics, and thermal design. We understand how to manage and avoid the many pitfalls that can affect Wireless Power design.

Start your Wireless Power journey now

If you’re interested in putting wireless power into your product then get in touch by emailing us at info@cambridgewirelesspower.co.uk

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