CEO of startup is consumed with how to power the world…wirelessly

Spark Connected in Dallas Business Journal - Tech Titans
Spark Connected in Dallas Business Journal - Tech Titans

By Rob Schneider – Managing Editor – Events, Dallas Business Journal

Ken Moore of Spark Connected is a finalist in the Technology Inventor Award category for the 2019 Tech Titan awards. Category winners will be announced at an awards event on Friday, Aug. 23. For more information about the awards event, click here.

As CEO of Spark Connected Ken Moore is working on developing disruptive wireless power technology that can be used for a host of technology from automotive to consumer to medical to Internet of Things applications.
“My role is to ensure Spark is in a position to bring about our vision of replacing power cables with wireless power,” Moore said.

Moore worked for many years at Texas Instruments at first designing talking toys and eventually moving to integrated circuits for hard disk drives, then wireless phones and other telecom equipment. He followed by working in Dallas in product development and then into business roles. He left TI in 2011 and joined the startup world. In 2017, he formed Spark Connected.

Moore answered other questions from the Business Journal about technology.

What is the biggest challenge facing your organization in 2019? How do you plan to succeed?

Our biggest challenge is scaling the organization. We have had very good success in the market, and customers are excited about what we are doing…. however, that means we have more opportunities to support, and more solutions to develop. The management team and I are raising capital now to expand the team and our facilities in order to address the increased demand.

Who is your technology hero?

While at TI, I had the chance to meet the great Jack Kilby (inventor of the integrated circuit.) I was never big on hero worship growing up, but it really affected me when I found out I was going to meet (him.) Here was the person who was responsible for our entire industry; the reason so many of us had (and continue) to study electrical and computer engineering. And he was such a kind, unassuming person. You could tell, even after the Nobel Prize and the fame, he was still an engineer like me at heart. It was an amazing experience.

What is something people aren’t thinking about that will change technology in the next few years?

The world is filled with companies that work with data. … But there are not nearly as many companies that are looking at the power needed to do all these things. Lots of sensors are very useful, but they still need power to run. How do we power all these smart things we carry around or are present in the world around us, and do it in a way that is safe and efficient? There are ideas, but there are also big hurdles. We have much more work to do before power is available everywhere cellular data is available. Once we achieve that goal, a whole new world of applications opens up that just aren’t possible today.

Can you recall the moment you decided what you wanted to do professionally?

I had always been interested in taking things apart. Alarm clocks, radios…whatever I could get my hands on. Then in the mid 1970s, my father brought me to “bring your sons/daughters to work day”, and sat me down in front of a very early computer terminal. He ran a program and the computer asked me my name. When I typed in my name, it responded “Hello Ken, my name is PDP. Would you like to play a game with me?” I was completely fascinated. After that, it was all about technology, and that feeling still remains the same today.

What should we be teaching children about technology in school right now that we aren’t?

That everything in this world, especially the business world, is about human interaction. … And our technology and business leaders of tomorrow will still need to know how to interact directly with other people, face-to-face, in order to be successful.

Ken Moore, Spark Connected CEO

“My role is to ensure Spark is in a position to bring about our vision of replacing power cables with wireless power.” – Ken Moore, Chief Executive Officer at Spark Connected.

About Spark Connected

Spark Connected | powering the world, wirelessly
Spark connected is an industry leader specializing in multiple advanced and safe wireless power technologies that benefits a wide variety of applications in the Automotive, Industrial, Infrastructure, Medical, Telecom and Security, Robotics, Factory Automation, IOT, Smart Home, and Consumer markets.
Spark is transforming wireless power delivery and intelligent battery charging with innovative platforms, disruptive technology and breakthrough products enabling an enhanced user experience for all. The company specializes in Product Development and Engineering Solutions with a team of passionate innovators with decades of combined deep domain expertise.

Spark Connected is a Full Member of the Wireless Power Consortium.

Please forward inquiries to:
Dana Veal/Ruwanga Dassanayake
(972) 855-8026
sales(at)sparkconnected.com

For more information visit: https://www.sparkconnected.com

Press Release – Spark Connected Augments LiDAR with Wireless Power Technology

Press Release - The Phoenix wireless power solution by Spark Connected

Spark Connected Wireless Power Solution for LiDAR in Autonomous Vehicles

Spark Connected’s new solution named Phoenix, is designed and engineered to wirelessly power LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) applications.

DALLAS, TEXAS. August 20, 2019.

Spark Connected, a leading technology developer of advanced and innovative wireless power system solutions, today announced a proprietary high-performance wireless power solution, named The Phoenix designed and engineered for LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) applications.

From self-driving autonomous vehicles to automated services robots in residential to floor robots in connected factories (Industry 4.0), LiDAR can be used to measure distance to a target by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflected light with a sensor and thereby creating a 3D map for the application to operate.

“Basic concepts of LIDAR are the same as radar and sonar. While the technology has been around for a while LiDAR is finding more applications as we live in a more automated world. The Phoenix is a unique solution that can power this technology wirelessly in brushless motor environments,” said Emanuel Stingu, Chief Technology Officer at Spark Connected.

Key Features of the Spark Connected Phoenix Wireless Power Solution:

  • Up to 30W power delivery across higher distances and through rotating assemblies
  • Solution includes transmitter and receiver
  • Custom and irregular shaped charging coils
  • Powered by the Infineon AURIX™ or XMC™ Wireless Power Controller
Emanuel Stingu Spark Connected, CTO

“The Phoenix is a unique solution that can power LiDAR applications wirelessly in brushless motor environments” – Emanuel Stingu, Chief Technology Officer at Spark Connected.

About Spark Connected

Spark Connected | powering the world, wirelessly
Spark connected is an industry leader specializing in multiple advanced and safe wireless power technologies that benefits a wide variety of applications in the Automotive, Industrial, Infrastructure, Medical, Telecom and Security, Robotics, Factory Automation, IOT, Smart Home, and Consumer markets.
Spark is transforming wireless power delivery and intelligent battery charging with innovative platforms, disruptive technology and breakthrough products enabling an enhanced user experience for all. The company specializes in Product Development and Engineering Solutions with a team of passionate innovators with decades of combined deep domain expertise.

Spark Connected is a Full Member of the Wireless Power Consortium.

Please forward inquiries to:
Dana Veal/Ruwanga Dassanayake
(972) 855-8026
sales(at)sparkconnected.com

For more information visit: https://www.sparkconnected.com

Press Release – Spark Connected Boosts VR/AR and Gaming with New Wireless Charging Solution

Press Release - The Griffin wireless power solution by Spark Connected
Spark Connected, a leading technology developer of advanced wireless power system solutions, announced a unique high-performance wireless power solution named The Griffin, designed and engineered for VR/AR and Gaming applications.

DALLAS, TEXAS. April 8, 2019.

Spark Connected, a leading technology developer of advanced and innovative wireless power system solutions, today announced a proprietary high-performance wireless charging solution, named The Griffin designed and engineered for VR/AR and Gaming applications.

From entertainment, to education, to industrial and robotic applications, Virtual and Augmented Reality have become mainstream technologies for advanced user interfaces. The Griffin, comprising both a wireless power transmitter and companion receiver, provides a complete system that can integrate into an end-product resulting in an unparalleled user charging experience.

“One of the exciting advantages of The Griffin platform from a technical perspective is its ability to charge almost any form factor using custom antennas. In the VR and gaming space, this is critical in solving many of our customers’ challenges. The resonant technology in The Griffin not only provides a flexible platform for charging today’s VR headsets, but also provides a way to charge multiple handheld controllers as well. So while our customers bring new innovations to the VR headset which provide freedom of movement that challenges the 5 senses, we believe that freedom of movement should apply to charging devices in the real world as well.” said Emanuel Stingu, Chief Technology Officer at Spark Connected.

Key Features of the Spark Connected Griffin Wireless Power Solution:

  • Complete Transmitter and Receiver Wireless Power System
  • Supports Wirelessly Charging One-to-one and Multiple-devices
  • Unparalleled User Experience in Charging
Emanuel Stingu Spark Connected, CTO

“One of the exciting advantages of The Griffin platform from a technical perspective is its ability to charge almost any form factor using custom antennas. In the VR and gaming space, this is critical in solving many of our customers’ challenges.” – Emanuel Stingu, Chief Technology Officer at Spark Connected.

About Spark Connected

Spark Connected | powering the world, wirelessly
Spark connected is an industry leader specializing in multiple advanced and safe wireless power technologies that benefits a wide variety of applications in the Automotive, Industrial, Infrastructure, Medical, Telecom and Security, Robotics, Factory Automation, IOT, Smart Home, and Consumer markets.
Spark is transforming wireless power delivery and intelligent battery charging with innovative platforms, disruptive technology and breakthrough products enabling an enhanced user experience for all. The company specializes in Product Development and Engineering Solutions with a team of passionate innovators with decades of combined deep domain expertise.

Spark Connected is a Full Member of the Wireless Power Consortium.

Please forward inquiries to:
Dana Veal
(972) 855-8026
sales(at)sparkconnected.com

For more information visit: https://www.sparkconnected.com

Spark Selected as One of the 10 Most Promising Solution Providers of 2019

Published by CIOReview

Today and tomorrow, what a business solves is more important than what it sells. It’s easy to focus on building innovative solutions, but innovation doesn’t always mean to solve customer challenges. This is why talking to prospects and target market users are the key to shaping up the picture. Like how Ken Moore, CEO at Spark Connected says, “To deliver the right solution with the best innovation, it’s essential to validate what the market needs, and there is no better way to identify these needs than interacting with customers.” Moore’s statement also reflects the modus operandi of his company—Spark Connected—a pioneer in multiple advanced and safe wireless power technologies that benefit a wide variety of applications.

Spark’s processes are based on the fact that customer interaction is the key to providing the right solution to any problem. The company’s team of domain experts identifies the market opportunities and customer requirements through in-depth market research and customer interaction, and then crafts innovative wireless charging solutions for the application. Moore’s passion for innovation and his decades of experience as a technology and business executive at companies such as Texas Instruments are the driving factors for Spark’s successful delivery of disruptive wireless charging solutions that sharply focus on customer satisfaction.

Most wireless charging solutions available in the market are in the 5-10 W range, and this stretch fairly neglects the applications and products requiring higher power levels. As Moore states it, a wireless phone charger can never charge a drone or a robotic vacuum cleaner. Not only is the function of a phone charger inappropriate for the user experience but it might take a day or more to charge the battery. With an array of tailored wireless charging solutions, Spark is serving such market requirements that are underserved by other solution providers. “Mobile chargers are one foundational concept of our wireless power transmission solutions. We take a base technology and transform it to deliver higher levels of power, often across longer distances, with technology and components that are available today, by using new architectures, machine learning and advanced control methods,” explains Moore.

With a team that has over two decades of combined wireless power experience, Spark has been delivering a variety of connected home and multi-device charging solutions.

Drawing a complete picture of the company’s value proposition, Moore recalls an instance when Spark Connected assisted a client that wanted to transmit power from somewhere inside a building to a powered unit mounted outside. However, after working with the client, Spark’s team realized that their existing technology was not able to transmit power through a window that had a completely different composition than what the technology was designed for. The team then analyzed the window’s properties and researched a solution to transmit power wirelessly through the window. Spark’s team re-engineered their existing wireless charging solution by changing the basic architecture and the delivery method to meet the requirements of the client. “We delivered the solutions within a limited time, and it enabled us to stretch our technology and expertise into a new area of business—wireless power transmission across an infrastructure boundary,” adds Moore.

Today, Spark’s wireless charging solutions are key players in benefiting a wide variety of applications in the industrial, automotive, robotics, medical, telecom and consumer markets. The company is currently developing wireless charging solutions for low power technologies, such as IoT and connected devices, smartphone charging in hospitality and enterprise office environments, and delivering power to 5G fixed wireless access solutions. Next, the team will embark on a journey to devise wireless power transfer solutions that support 200Watts through multiple kilowatts for applications like kitchen appliances or electric vehicle charging.

Ken Moore, Spark Connected CEO

“We transform standard wireless power solutions to transfer higher levels of power across longer distances using technology and components that are available today, but with a different architecture or software control algorithm.”

– Ken Moore, Chief Operating Officer at Spark Connected, Inc.

About Spark Connected

Spark Connected | powering the world, wirelessly
Spark connected is an industry leader specializing in multiple advanced and safe wireless power technologies that benefits a wide variety of applications in the Automotive, Industrial, Infrastructure, Medical, Robotics, Security, Factory Automation, IOT, Smart Home, and Consumer markets.
Spark is transforming wireless power delivery and intelligent battery charging with innovative platforms, disruptive technology and breakthrough products enabling an enhanced user experience for all. The company specializes in Product Development and Engineering Solutions with a team of passionate innovators with decades combined deep domain expertise.

AURIX™ is a trademark of Infineon Technologies AG.

Please forward inquiries to: sales(at)sparkconnected.com
For more information visit: https://www.sparkconnected.com
Spark Connected is a Full Member of the Wireless Power Consortium

Press Release – In Another Industry First, Spark Connected Launches New Wireless Power Solution for 5G Networks at MWC 2019

The Gorgon - 30w Telecom and Security Wireless Power from Spark Connected, Inc. The Valkyrie is a 15 Watt consumer smart phone wireless power solution.
The Gorgon - 30w Telecom and Security Wireless Power from Spark Connected, Inc. The Valkyrie is a 15 Watt consumer smart phone wireless power solution.
Spark Connected, a leading technology developer of advanced and innovative wireless power system solutions, today announced a proprietary 30-Watt wireless power solution, named The Gorgon specifically engineered for Telecom Infrastructure and Security applications.

BARCELONA, SPAIN. February 19, 2019.

Spark Connected, a leading technology developer of advanced and innovative wireless power system solutions, today announced a proprietary 30-Watt wireless power solution, named The Gorgon specifically engineered for Telecom Infrastructure and Security applications.

The Gorgon wireless power solution consists of both a transmitter and companion receiver and is currently in field trials for 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The solution integrates into in-building mmWave 5G products and eliminates the need to wire external antenna or FWA links, reducing overall deployment costs for network operators and makes installation simply convenient.

According to Ruwanga Dassanayake, Chief Operating Officer at Spark Connected, “Our state-of-the-art Gorgon platform is a significant step forward in making wireless power a commercial reality in 5G networks and unlocking value for mobile users in Fixed Wireless Access for commercial and residential CPE”.

Spark Connected has combined TDK’s leading-edge magnetic coils in The Gorgon wireless power solution.

“We are excited to be partnering with Spark Connected to enable innovative mid power wireless charging solutions for the telecom infrastructure and other similar emerging wireless power markets. TDK’s magnetic materials and process capabilities are key to our coil designs and are well matched to The Gorgon solution.” Said, Chris Burket, TDK’s Sr. Manager, WPT Products.

Key Features of the Spark Connected Gorgon Wireless Power Solution:

  • Complete 30 Watt proprietary wireless power system
  • Unaffected by Low-E coating on windows and glass partitions
  • Superior performance at a distance with very high DC-DC efficiency
Ruwanga Dassanayake, Spark Connected COO

“Our state-of-the-art Gorgon platform is a significant step forward in making wireless power a commercial reality in 5G networks and unlocking value for mobile users in Fixed Wireless Access for commercial and residential CPE” – Ruwanga Dassanayake, Chief Operating Officer at Spark Connected.

About Spark Connected

Spark Connected | powering the world, wirelessly
Spark connected is an industry leader specializing in multiple advanced and safe wireless power technologies that benefits a wide variety of applications in the Automotive, Industrial, Infrastructure, Medical, Telecom and Security, Robotics, Factory Automation, IOT, Smart Home, and Consumer markets.
Spark is transforming wireless power delivery and intelligent battery charging with innovative platforms, disruptive technology and breakthrough products enabling an enhanced user experience for all. The company specializes in Product Development and Engineering Solutions with a team of passionate innovators with decades of combined deep domain expertise.

Spark Connected is a Full Member of the Wireless Power Consortium.

Please forward inquiries to:
Dana Veal
(972) 855-8026
sales(at)sparkconnected.com

For more information visit: https://www.sparkconnected.com

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan.

TDK’s comprehensive portfolio features passive components such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, as well as magnetics, high-frequency, and piezo and protection devices. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and automotive, industrial and consumer 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 2018, TDK posted total sales of USD 12 billion and employed about 103,000 people worldwide.