Automotive In-Cabin 15W Wireless Charger – Eval Module featured in PowerPulse

The Beast - in-cabin wireless charging solution featured in PowerPulse.net
The Beast - in-cabin wireless charging solution featured in PowerPulse.net

March 26, 2020. Featured on PowerPulse.net.

The KIT_AURIX_TC21_SC wireless power transmitter evaluation module from Infineon Technologies is a high-performance, easy-to-use development system for the design of automotive in-cabin wireless charging solutions.

The KIT_AURIX_TC21_SC wireless power transmitter evaluation module from Infineon Technologies is a high-performance, easy-to-use development system for the design of automotive in-cabin wireless charging solutions. The system supports all the basic functions of a Qi-compliant, wireless charger for automotive applications.

The three-coil transmitter provides the designer a certified platform that drastically reduces the development time of their end application.  The system supports WPC v1.2.4 receivers up to 15W, as well as all legacy Qi certified receivers.  Smartphones with proprietary fast charge capability are also supported.

Additional features and future standards changes can be supported by the easy-to-upgrade software. The KIT_AURIX_TC21_SC wireless power transmitter evaluation module was developed in cooperation with Spark Connected.

The Beast - block diagram - Automotive in-cabin Wireless Charging transmitter by Spark Connected, Inc.

Key Features:

  • WPC Qi v1.2.4 certified
  • CISPR-25 Class 4 certified
  • Supports full 15W charging
  • Support fast charging enabled devices (7.5W and 9W)
  • Unique power drive architecture minimizes EMI
  • Improved accuracy Foreign Object Detection (FOD)
  • Full power with a 6 -19V input supply, supporting vehicle stop/start
  • Fixed frequency architecture meets strict automotive requirements
  • Supports future products and standards with a firmware upgrade
  • Single Infineon AURIX™ Controller
  • Built-in CAN interface for integration into communication infrastructure
  • AUTOSAR support
  • Built-in security functionality
  • NFC radio interface for additional functionality and safety features
  • Future: Qi v1.3 including Authentication
  • Optional active thermal management, system monitoring and charge-rate foldback

Benefits:

  • Full power 15 W without exotic thermal management
  • Supports custom charging profiles and industry standards on the same hardware
  • Supports custom coils, and greater than three coils
  • Foreign Object Detection (FOD) with improved accuracy quality-factor monitoring
  • Achieves charging rates equivalent to wired charging
  • Foreign object detection capability can be extended beyond existing standards to improve detection
The KIT_AURIX_TC21_SC wireless power transmitter evaluation module. Power Pulse and Infineon

The KIT_AURIX_TC21_SC wireless power transmitter evaluation module.

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:
Marina Wolf/Ruwanga Dassanayake
(972) 855-8026
sales(at)sparkconnected.com

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2019 fiscal year (ending 30 September), the company reported sales of around €8 billion with about 41,400 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY). Please visit Infineon more information.

Spark Connected has been elected to multiple co-chair positions at the Wireless Power Consortium

Spark Connected has been awarded co-chair positions at the Wireless Power Consortium.
Spark Connected has been awarded co-chair positions at the Wireless Power Consortium.

Dallas, TX. February 21, 2020.

Spark Connected, a global leader in developing advanced and innovative wireless power technology and system level solutions, has been awarded co-chair positions at the Wireless Power Consortium.

Spark Connected, a global leader in developing advanced and innovative wireless power technology and system level solutions, has been awarded co-chair positions at the Wireless Power Consortium.

Ken Moore, CEO, was awarded the Co-Chair of the WPC Mobile/Laptop Task Force. This task force develops an extension of the Qi Specification that enables laptop charging up to 60W and maintains compatibility with Qi chargers and Qi receivers.

Emanuel Stingu, CTO, was awarded both the Co-Chair of the Automotive Application Group and the New Power Transmitter Review Task Force. The Automotive Application Group discusses requirements for implementing Qi in automotive applications and works to support the WPC members that develop applications in the automotive space voice their concerns and implement solutions that improve the safety and the reliability of the Qi standard.

The New Power Transmitter Review Task Force helps member companies innovate and at the same time guarantee that every new TX design is well designed, safe and fully interoperable, and introduces the 30W-45W transmitter types in the Qi specification.


About WPC

Established in 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium is an open, collaborative standards development group of more than 500 member companies from around the globe. WPC’s member companies are large and small competitors and ecosystem partners representing brands from all parts of the industry and all parts of the globe. Members collaborate with a single purpose: worldwide compatibility of all wireless chargers and wireless power sources.

As wireless charging continues to evolve beyond consumer handheld devices, there are myriad of other new applications, such as laptops, tablets, drones, robots, connected car and the intelligent cordless kitchen. The WPC maintains and develops standards for a variety of different wireless power applications. This includes:

  • The Qi standard, for smartphones and other portable mobile devices. Qi delivers up to 15W today. A future extension will also deliver up to 60W to enable laptop charging in addition to charging smartphones and other portable mobile devices with wide positioning freedom.
  • The Ki Cordless Kitchen standard, for kitchen appliances, for delivering up to 2,200W.
  • The Medium Power standard, a simple low-cost solution delivering 30 – 200W for power tools, robotic vacuum cleaners, e-bikes, and other battery-powered devices that don’t require compatibility with the Qi standard for mobile phones charging.

With more than 5000 different Qi Certified wireless charging products in the market, the WPC uses a network of independent authorized test labs around the globe that test specific properties for safety, interoperability, and usability. Spark Connected is proud to serve on these committees and task forces, and advance the future of wireless charging and power in the market.

Emanuel Stingu Spark Connected, CTO

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:
Marina Wolf/Ruwanga Dassanayake
(972) 855-8026
sales(at)sparkconnected.com

Press Release – Spark Connected Expands into Industrial Markets with a new 80-Watt Wireless Power Solution

Spark Connected Expands into Industrial Markets with a new 80-Watt Wireless Power Solution
Meet Spark Connected at electronica 2018 - Nov. 13-16, 2018

Munich, Germany. November 13, 2018.

Spark Connected, (www.sparkconnected.com) a leading technology developer of advanced and innovative wireless power system solutions, demonstrates new wireless power technology for industrial markets at the 2018 electronica show.

The 80-Watt wireless power solution named The Ogre, consists of both a high-power transmitter and companion high-power receiver. This technology can be ideal for applications such as automated vacuum cleaners, unmanned drones and inventory management robots. The system offers high efficiency, robust performance, foreign object detection (FOD) and the ability to hermetically seal products to protect systems from moisture and dust, which can be advantageous in factory environments.

“With the rapidly evolving manufacturing technology trends in Industry 4.0, planning for power management and battery charging continues to be a critical element in the transition. Wireless power can be a formidable tool that can solve key challenges in unmanned automated systems that operate in harsh Industrial environments”, said Ken Moore, Chief Executive Officer at Spark Connected.

Feature summary:

  • Supports the industry’s highest power levels on the smallest coils
  • High efficiency 80W charging without exotic thermal management
  • Supports future products and standards with a software upgrade
  • Built-in safety features, ensuring a safe and simple user charging experience
  • Products can be hermetically sealed and still allow charging / power deliveryPowered by the Infineon XMC™ Wireless Power Controller
Ken Moore, Spark Connected CEO

“With the rapidly evolving manufacturing technology trends in Industry 4.0, wireless power can be a formidable tool that can solve key challenges in unmanned automated systems that operate in harsh Industrial environments.” – Ken Moore, CEO 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

XMC™ is a trademark of Infineon Technologies AG

Spark Connected expands into industrial at electronica 2018!

Meet Spark Connected at electronica 2018 - Nov. 13-16, 2018

I am a huge fan of wireless charging on my smartphone. The ability to top off my phone battery at any of the strategically located charging pads sprinkled around my home and office ensures the phone is always ready to perform any task I require. But did you realize that wireless power isn’t just for smartphones? From medical tablets in a busy doctor’s office, to autonomous inventory management robots and drones in a large fulfillment center, many devices can greatly benefit by removing cables and connectors.

Combine wireless power with next generation technologies powering IoT and Smart Factories, and you have a powerful recipe that can deliver the next wave of key applications all with a satisfying user experience.

If you want to learn more, and you are in Munich next week, stop by the electronica show in Messe München, Hall C3, Booth #502. I’ll see you there.

Ken Moore, Spark Connected CEO

“See how innovations in wireless power are changing your world” – Ken Moore, CEO at Spark Connected.

Press Release – Spark Connected Introduces New Certified Automotive In-Cabin Wireless Charging Solution

EMI in-cabin wireless charging Spark Connected
The Beast - board for the automotive in-cabin Wireless Charging transmitter by Spark Connected, Inc.
Spark connected, a Texas based leading technology developer of advanced and innovative wireless power system solutions with deep domain expertise, today announced its new automotive in-cabin wireless charging solution for charging smart phones.

DALLAS (PRWEB) October 31, 2018

Spark Connected, a leading technology developer of advanced and innovative wireless power system solutions, today announced its new automotive in-cabin wireless charging solution for smartphones.

The solution named The Beast, is a 15 Watt Qi certified three-coil three-coil transmitter and is also certified for CISPR-25 Class 4 to meet strict automotive in-cabin emissions requirements for electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).

Much can be improved with the way consumers charge their phones in their vehicles today – connectors do not always fit, cables get tangled and most of all connecting cables to devices while driving is certainly not very safe.

“The next frontier for wireless charging phones will be in the automotive segment with higher adoption rates in vehicles for ease of use and a better charging experience”, said Ruwanga Dassanayake, Chief Operating Officer at Spark Connected. “Spark Connected’s solution has gone through a robust certification process. This allows our automotive customers to adopt our technology with confidence and ease, minimizing expensive engineering effort while accelerating their products to market. The combination of CISPR-25 Class 4 and Qi certifications sets this solution apart and ahead of others in the industry”.

FEATURE SUMMARY

  • WPC Qi v1.2.4 15 Watt EPP certified
  • CISPR 25 Class 4 certified
  • Supports all Qi certified smartphones
  • AEC-Q100 qualified
  • Supports future products and standards with a firmware upgrade
  • Fixed frequency architecture to meet strict automotive requirements
  • Full power charging with a 6 – 19V input supply, supporting stop/start
  • Supports multi-coil configurations (standard and custom)
  • Single Infineon AURIX™ Wireless Power Controller supports wireless charging, CAN and NFC interface functions and security features

In addition to Automotive, The Beast may be ideal for applications such as in-cabin smart phone charging for commercial airlines, trucks, trains, and cruise liners.

Ruwanga Dassanayake, Spark Connected COO

“The next frontier for wirelessly charging phones will be in the automotive market with higher adoption rates in vehicles. Spark’s solution is the most advanced in the market with CISPR-25 Class 4 and Qi certifications”, said 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, 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

Ken Moore, CEO at APEC 2018

Ken Moore, wireless power solutions at APEC 2018, compatible with the Qi wireless charging protocol.
Ken Moore, wireless power solutions at APEC 2018, compatible with the Qi wireless charging protocol.

In this video Ken from Spark Connected gives a quick overview on their latest wireless power solutions at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The solution includes all components necessary to create a complete wireless charging system, compatible with the Qi wireless charging protocol.

Ken Moore, CEO at the 2018 global event Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC)
San Antonio, Texas