Malek Ramezani has been elected to the Foreign Object Detection Task Force co-chair position at the WPC

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. May 26, 2020.

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

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

Malek Ramezani, Senior Power Electronics Systems Engineer at Spark Connected, has been elected as the Co-Chair of the WPC Enhanced Foreign Object Detection Task Force (EFOD TF).

This task force works towards enhancing the current FOD approaches of Qi-certified wireless power solutions as well as developing new FOD practices to promote and guarantee the safe operation of any wireless power system seeking  Qi certification.

 


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.

Malek Ramezani - WPC Co-Chair and Senior Power Electronics Systems Engineer at Spark Connected
Malek Ramezani, Senior Power Electronics Systems Engineer

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

Ken Moore featured in The Silicon Review – 30 Best Leaders to Watch 2020

Ken Moore - Silicon Review's 30 Best Leaders To Watch 2020
Ken Moore - Silicon Review's 30 Best Leaders To Watch 2020

May 14, 2020 – The Silicon Review

‘Powering the World, Wirelessly’: Spark Connected, a Dallas-based Tech Firm, Transforms Wireless Power Delivery and Battery Charging with Innovative Platforms, Disruptive Technology, and Breakthrough Products.

During the 1980s, the Ethernet cable was the biggest innovation of the decade. It let users connect to the World Wide Web and took them places they’ve never been before. However, when WiFi was invented in 1998, people moved away from Ethernet cables to WiFi as it promised wireless connectivity at better speeds. Importantly, having portable connected devices that are battery operated and can be charged wirelessly is the latest trend to hit the technological market.

In light of the above, we’re pleased to present Spark Connected – a pioneer in the wireless power industry.

Spark Connected was founded with a purpose to transform 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 innovators who have over two decades of combined deep domain experience. Spark takes pride in delivering advanced end-to-end wireless power system solutions that benefit industries and markets as diverse as industrial, medical, automotive, telecom and consumer areas.

In Conversation with Ken Moore, Spark Connected CEO

Can you brief us about the history of your company?

Spark Connected was founded in 2017 in Dallas, Texas. With a focus on specialized product development and engineering solutions, the firm has produced cutting-edge inductive and resonant wireless power and charging solutions. We are early pioneers in creating safe products, passing and exceeding regulatory requirements. We have partnered with Infineon Technologies, AG and area full member of the Wireless Power Consortium (Qi). Our Spark team members hold WPC co-chair positions in the Mobile Laptop, Automotive and Next Generation Transmitter committees, where we help guide the future wireless power standards.

What is your greatest fear and how do you manage it?

My biggest fear in both technology and business is to stop moving forward. There is an old saying that some people are like sharks. A shark must continue swimming forward to breathe through its gills, and if a shark stops swimming, it will die. Technology is very similar in the sense that if you aren’t moving forward and innovating, then eventually you will lose your value in the market and be relegated to the dustbin of history. Spark is all about innovating faster than our competitors, who are often much bigger than we are.

What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?

The biggest initial hurdles to building our business were funding and market awareness. Funding a startup in the post-2008 era is difficult, and making customers aware of your existence in this information-overload age is even more difficult. To solve the funding issue, we took the self-funding route. I would not recommend this road for those who value their peace of mind, but in business, you often have to place bets on your vision and your ability to execute. For market awareness, there is no substitute for good old-fashioned relationship building and word of mouth campaigns.

‘It is difficult to start a venture, but far more difficult to maintain it’. How would you and your team interpret this saying?

This goes back to moving versus standing still. In the beginning, everything is new and exciting. But very soon, you have to execute on all those promises you made to the market. So you now have to maintain your focus on innovating ahead of your competition, while still executing so your current customers can develop their products. This is a delicate balance that many find difficult, if not impossible. As a leader, if you have done your job by building a strong team around a clear strategy, you can make the present a reality while still keeping your foot on the accelerator and moving forward.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Talk to someone who has done it before (and been successful), and make them your mentor. It will save you quite a few stubbed toes and smashed thumbs.

What do you think is the most memorable moment in your career?

The most memorable moment would be when I received my first promotion ever to lead a team. It changed me in ways I never thought possible. A team is a very effective mirror that forces you to try and be a better leader, and a better person.

What are your future focus areas?

If our technology can improve the user experience of someone who is trying to power or charge a device, then that is where our focus will be.


The Visionary Leader of Spark Connected: Ken Moore

Ken Moore, CEO of Spark Connected, has always been interested in taking things apart. Alarm clocks, radios…whatever he could get his hands on. Then in the mid-1970s, his father brought him to “bring your sons/daughters to work day”, and sat him down in front of a very early computer terminal. He ran a program and the computer asked Ken his name. When he did so it responded “Hello Ken, my name is PDP. Would you like to play a game with me?” Ken was completely fascinated by that funny green TV that seemed so alive, and after that it was all about technology.

Ken went on to attend the University of California, Irvine, where he received his BS in Electrical Engineering, and the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University where he received his MBA. Ken has been elected as the Co-Chair of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Mobile Laptop Task Force.

Ken Moore, Spark Connected CEO

“If our technology can improve the user experience of someone who is trying to power or charge something, then that is where our focus will be.” – Ken Moore, Chief Executive Officer at Spark Connected.

Ken Moore in Silicon Review Best Leaders to Watch 2020

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

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

April 13, 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 Technologies AG

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 elected to 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 elected to co-chair positions at the Wireless Power Consortium.

Ken Moore, CEO, was elected to 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 elected to 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