SAN FRANCISCO—Qualcomm Inc. announced Tuesday (Nov. 8) it has acquired substantially all of the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
All members of the HaloIPT team have joined Qualcomm's European Innovation Development group based in the U.K., Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) said.
"Building on 20 years of development and innovation in wireless power at the University of Auckland and its commercialization company Auckland UniServices Ltd., the HaloIPT team, in a relatively short period of time, had established itself as a leading developer in wireless electric road vehicle charging—with HaloIPT winning industry acclamation and awards," said Andrew Gilbert, executive vice president of European Innovation Development for Qualcomm, in a statement.
Last month, HaloIPT announced it was recognized by the New Zealand Innovation Awards with wins in two categories, Emerging Innovator and Design & Engineering Innovation.
According to HaloIPT's website, the company's wireless charging technology is based on a technology called inductive power transfer, or IPT for short. In this technology, the power supply takes electrical power from the mains supply and energizes a lumped coil, with a current typically in the range 5-125A, according to the site. The coil is inductive, which means that compensation using series or parallel capacitors may be required to reduce the working voltages and currents in the supply circuitry, according to the site.
According to John Miles, executive chairman at HaloIPT, over the past 18 months the company has brought university research in wireless charging to the attention of the global automotive industry and demonstrated its potential to several of the world's leading OEMs. "This has been a terrific achievement," Miles said.
In addition to the HaloIPT transaction, Qualcomm and Auckland UniServices, the commercialization company of the University of Auckland, have signed a long-term R&D deal to promote continued innovation in the field of wireless charging for electric road vehicles by way of inductive power transfer, Qualcomm said.
Considering that most wireless devices need to be powered, it makes sense to invest in an emerging technology that provides wireless power. I could see many applications: cellphone/tablet/car charging on major highways (for a fee of course). Perhaps, in the conference rooms at companies and universities/colleges there would be power available for those in attendance. Some interesting possibilities to think about..
Moving towards energy industry seems very ambitious. A very long term plan is necessary so I have excited to see the commitment from Qualcomm. This company is moving so fast! From a small company selling IP, to a chip vendor and now moving towards a whole new system level in another industry. Good luck!
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