Energous hopes to roll out its reference design this year and has entered into joint development agreements with mobile accessories and device maker Anymode, Korean mobile parts and accessories supplier Pocons, and mobile equipment supplier Dong-Hwa to create WattUp-enabled products. Leabman said he wants to get WattUp into the hands of subassembly manufactures to slowly build an ecosystem.
Pocons general manager Kyung Nam Lee said in a release:
Energous currently has the most versatile wire-free charging technology in development and will help Pocons deliver a generation of charging solutions that is above and beyond competing technologies. Without a doubt, WattUp enabled wire-free charging will be a compelling sales driver for years to come.
Leabman said Energous' second release in 2015 will be a receiver/transmitter set that can charge up to 24 devices at once. It will let users prioritize the devices, setting different power levels for them.
The RF approach faces some of the same infrastructure and standards issues as coil-based techniques.
In this market it's just so important that everything works together. Not to say that there can't be multiple ways of doing it in a single solution. RF technology has been around for a long time... It's low cost to implement in a number of things already, but actually getting it rolled out into structures poses the exact same challenges as the other systems.
It remains to be seen whether a handset with integrated coil-based resonant or inductive wireless charging systems could work with an RF accessory such as a phone case. If Energous' strategy of partnering with subassembly manufactures takes hold, WattUp could become a serious contender in the wireless charging standards battle.
— Jessica Lipsky, Associate Editor, EE Times