Expands Dialog’s position in power management by becoming the exclusive supplier of Energous’ disruptive RF-based wireless charging ICs

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated
power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and
Bluetooth low energy (LE) technology, today announced a strategic investment in Energous Corporation,
the developer of WattUp, a revolutionary wire-free charging technology that
provides over-the-air power at a distance. Dialog has agreed to make a $10
million investment in Energous and become the exclusive component supplier of
the WattUp integrated circuits (ICs), while Energous is able to leverage
Dialog’s broad sales and distribution channels to accelerate market adoption.

Energous’
WattUp technology provides a unique and more extensive wireless charging
experience compared to traditional coil-based technologies. By sending energy
safely through the air using radio frequencies, WattUp
is able to deliver intelligent, scalable power in a similar way to a Wi-Fi
router. WattUp differs from inductive or resonant wireless charging systems in
that it delivers power at a distance, to multiple devices, in any orientation,
resulting in a wire-free experience that has the ability to transform the way
consumers and industries charge and power electronic devices at home, in the
office, in the car and beyond.

The
partnership combines Energous’ uncoupled wireless charging technology and Dialog’s
power saving technologies to drive market expansion. Energous’ WattUp
technology uses Dialog’s SmartBond Bluetooth low energy solution as the
out-of-band communications channel between the wireless transmitter and
receiver. Dialog’s power management technology is then used to distribute power
from the WattUp receiver IC to the rest of the device while Dialog’s AC/DC
Rapid Charge power conversion technology efficiently delivers power to the
wireless transmitter.

 

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WattUp
uses small form factor antennas that are formed using the existing device’s
printed circuit board, removing the need for larger, more expensive coils used
in competing solutions today. This enables broader adoption of wireless
charging in a larger range of battery-powered devices, such as smartphones,
tablets, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, small form factor wearables, and
Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR) devices. Accelerated sales growth
will be achieved by leveraging Dialog’s strength in delivering volume and tier one
customer access.

 

“This
partnership brings two very complementary companies closer together, creating
numerous benefits,” said Stephen R. Rizzone, President and CEO, Energous.
“Energous is pleased to be able to leverage Dialog’s decades of experience in
power-saving technologies as well as its robust sales channel, long term
strategic relationships and world-class fab and backend operations. Working
together, we will be able to accelerate the adoption of the WattUp technology
and reshape the way electronic devices are charged.”

 

“Partnering
with a top tier semiconductor company like Dialog also represents a strong
validation for Energous as we prepare to launch WattUp-enabled consumer
products with our licensees in early 2017,” added Rizzone.

 

“Energous’
WattUp technology can be thought of as wireless charging 2.0, and delivers a
wireless charging experience that is much closer to what consumers desire by
charging devices close up and at a distance, while in use and without
compromising product design or adding excessive cost,” said Mark Tyndall,
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Dialog
Semiconductor. “This alliance means that Dialog is able to more closely align
our complementary technologies, supply chain and global sales resources to
accelerate the deployment of Energous’ WattUp wireless transmitter and receiver
technology while expanding our innovative use cases and market share.”

 

The
strategic investment includes positive tactical and strategic implications that
will aggressively speed up customer adoption of WattUp-enabled products and
streamline chip production. Benefits of the agreement include joint marketing
and sales operations, including access to Dialog’s channel partners and access
to Dialog’s customer base to accelerate the adoption of WattUp in smartphone,
automotive and emerging IoT applications.

 

Dialog
will be showcasing Energous’ WattUp technology at CES from January 5-8, 2017 in
its private demo suite with lead customers expected to be in production from
first half 2017.

 

For
more information on WattUp technology, visit www.energous.com.