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TDK licenses WiTricity patent portfolio for wireless charging of plug-in vehicles
28 April 2014
WiTricity announced an intellectual property license agreement with TDK Corporation which will enable TDK to commercialize WiTricity’s patented technology to create wireless charging systems for carmakers. Next-generation electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will be able to charge by simply parking over a TDK wireless charging pad.
TDK has long been a provider of electronic materials and components essential to modern wireless charging systems. In particular, TDK is the world’s leading producer of electronic components based on advanced ferrites, a material for harnessing magnetic fields, and has a large and rapidly growing business as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier in the automotive industry.
Under the IP license agreement, TDK will be able to offer wireless charging systems to carmakers for future rechargeable hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles. In addition, TDK is licensed to offer compatible automotive wireless charging sources for home, commercial, and public use.
WiTricity’s technology delivers electric power safely over distance and eliminates the need for charging cables required by EVs and PHEVs currently on the market.
International standards for wireless charging systems are being developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), with the goal of ensuring interoperability of wireless charging systems and EVs/PHEVs on a global basis.
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