This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent developments in wireless charging technology. Innovations profiled include a wireless charging platform for multiple device charging using single transmitter by Semtech Corporation, wireless transmission of power throughout a room by Disney Research, wireless power transmitting ceiling tiles, replacing traditional drop ceiling tiles by Ossia Inc., and wireless charger device adept for wireless power transmission for smartphones by Yank Technologies Inc.
The Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures global electronics-related innovations and developments on a weekly basis. Developments are centred on electronics attributed by low power and cost, smaller size, better viewing, display and interface facilities, wireless connectivity, higher memory capacity, flexibility and wearables. Research focus themes include small footprint lightweight devices (CNTs, graphene), smart monitoring and control (touch and haptics), energy efficiency (LEDs, OLEDs, power and thermal management, energy harvesting), and high speed and improved conductivity devices (SiC, GaN, GaAs).
Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory.
Keywords: Wireless charging, wireless power transmission, simultaneous multiple device charging, large area wireless charging