This will enable consumers to charge their phones and tablets while streaming the highest quality 4K HD video and photos to their televisions and computers—all without the need for cords.
The collaboration will team IDT’s expertise in wireless power with Blu Wireless’s know-how in WiGig, which allows devices to communicate wirelessly at multi-gigabit speeds. The single-module technology targeted by the companies will, for example, enable consumers to wirelessly charge their devices while cordlessly transmitting uncompressed video of 1080p directly to their HDTV.
WiGig technology uses the 60GHz band to deliver 7GHz bandwidth. A synchronisation of data on a portable device that today would take two hours and use up nearly a third of a battery’s charge can be completed, with WiGig, in just 45 seconds and consume only 2% of the charge. IDT’s semiconductors are enabling wireless charging today in a quickly growing ecosystem of applications that includes smartphones and accessories, wearables and furniture.
“Growing market demands are requiring easier and faster ways to move video and massive multimedia files in real time without depleting a device’s battery,” said Sailesh Chittipeddi, vice president of global operations and chief technology officer at IDT. “The marriage of wireless charging and WiGig technology answers that call, providing a unique user experience that meets the expectations of today’s consumer.”
“Between Blu Wireless’ expertise in WiGig and IDT’s in wireless power, we are developing a solution that keeps pace with demands in an age of massive multimedia content,” said Mark Barrett, chief marketing officer at Blu Wireless. “The unique combination of low-profile 60 GHz phased array technology and wireless charging capabilities supports the increased data and ease-of-use demands of mobile users.”
IDT has long experience in both magnetic induction and magnetic resonance technologies, and actively participates in the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Power Matters Alliance (PMA), and Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) as a board member. Its wireless charing chips are now being design into furniture from Ikea.
Blu Wireless is a leader in 60GHz intellectual property, licensing its HYDRA modem technology for inclusion on 802.11ad next generation WiFi (WiGig), tri-band WiFi and 4G mobile network backhaul chipsets. It is currently working with customers in both the consumer and infrastructure markets to bring to market a number of products based on its HYDRA Gigabit modem.