WiTricity introduces WiCAD simulation design package for wireless charging systems
7 October 2013
WiTricity, a developer of highly resonant wireless power transfer technology (earlier post), has introduced WiCAD, an end-to-end simulation environment for designing and developing highly resonant wireless power transfer systems. The tool, a software application deployed on a subscription basis, enables developers to streamline the design process, avoid the high cost of trial-and-error physical prototyping, and significantly reduce the time to market of products, the company said.
WiCAD provides a modeling environment optimized for wireless energy transfer over distance that allows developers to stay focused on product creation and innovation, without having to invest in development of their own simulation tools based on conventional modeling and mathematics packages.
|Steps covered by WiCAD. Click to enlarge.|
WiCAD provides a library of commonly used WiTricity energy transfer designs as well as end-to-end simulation capabilities that help guide developers through the different steps needed to develop customized solutions based on WiTricity’s patented technology. The modeling and simulation process guides users through three main phases of development:
Resonator design: Design the source and device resonators, simulate power transfer, and calculate power transfer efficiency and levels.
System design: Design the source and device electronics including impedance matching networks to match the resonators, simulate end-to-end power transfer, and calculate the associated performance data.
Fine-tuning: Refine the model with laboratory measurements to optimize power transfer efficiency while factoring real world performance.
IHI Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, a provider of highly engineered systems for energy generation and infrastructure, shipbuilding, and aerospace, is a licensee of WiTricity.
WiTricity has entered partnerships with Toyota Motor, Delphi and Mitsubishi Motors, among others.
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