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Qualcomm buys its way to EV wireless charging

Posted: 10 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless charging? electric vehicle? inductive power transfer?

Qualcomm Inc. has acquired the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a provider of wireless charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs) for an undisclosed amount. According to Qualcomm, the deal allowed all members of the HaloIPT team to join its European innovation development group based in the U.K.

"Building on 20 years of development and innovation in wireless power at the University of Auckland and its commercialization company Auckland UniServices Ltd, the HaloIPT team, in a relatively short period of time, had established itself as a leading developer in wireless electric road vehicle chargingwith HaloIPT winning industry acclamation and awards," noted Andrew Gilbert, EVP at Qualcomm.

HaloIPT's website revealed that the company's wireless charging technology is based on inductive power transfer, or IPT. In this technology, the power supply takes electrical power from the main supply and energizes a lumped coil, with a current typically in the range of 5-125A. The coil is inductive, which means that compensation using series or parallel capacitors may be required to reduce the working voltages and currents in the supply circuitry, according to the site.

In addition to the HaloIPT transaction, Qualcomm and Auckland UniServices, the commercialization company of the University of Auckland, have signed a long-term R&D deal to promote continued innovation in the field of wireless charging for EVs by way of inductive power transfer, Qualcomm stated.





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