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RRC Releases OEM Samples of Its Wireless Power Technology for Medical, Military & Industrial Markets

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 9:57am
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RRC power solutions Inc. today announced availability of evaluation kits of its high-efficiency wireless power technology. RRC’s wireless technology is aimed at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) making portable products for medical, military, instrumentation and industrial markets, in addition to consumer markets.

“Many wireless charging solutions are designed for low-wattage consumer devices such as cell phones, while RRC’s approach also addresses important and promising industrial markets where devices range up to 500 watts,” said Paul Cahill, president of RRC power solutions Inc. “Unlike approaches that waste significant power when not actively charging, RRC’s technology is able to maintain high efficiency during both active and passive modes.” RRC has developed two wireless power platforms for OEMs. One platform is targeted at custom designs with higher wattage requirements (5 W to 500 W) and delivering high efficiency, exceeding 90 percent. This RRC platform will be fully compliant with worldwide energy efficiency standards such as Energy Star.

The second platform, which the evaluation kits are based on, focuses on compliance with the Wireless Power Consortium’s 5 W “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) standard and is aimed at lower-wattage devices.

“Wireless charging is an extremely attractive technology, eliminating cables and tangled cords, offering a green solution and simplifying the end-user interface. We expect the market for wireless charging in consumer applications to grow from 2.3 million units in 2010 to 464 million units in 2014, and we also predict healthy growth for wireless charging in OEM markets in the industrial, medical and military sectors," notes Tina Teng, senior analyst, Wireless Communications, iSuppli. Wireless charging drives new & high-potential markets RRC’s wireless charging evaluation kit announced today is designed for wireless devices that operate at up to 5 W. The current evaluation kit represents the fifth generation of RRC’s wireless power technology.

Both the Qi-compliant 5 W and the high-efficiency, higher-wattage platforms of RRC’s technology are expected to help OEMs expand the use of wireless power in medical, military, instrumentation and industrial markets concerned about recharging issues such as safety, the ability to operate in a hazardous environment and ruggedness. Wireless power eliminates the need for connectors and connections during charging, so mobile devices can be sealed to protect internal electronics from sparks, dirt or liquid contamination.

RRC’s new wireless power solutions build on more than two decades of research, development and technological leadership from the company, which prides itself on its German engineering heritage. The benefits include:

* Focus on wattage levels between 5 W and 500 W, which is the ideal range for OEMs designing wireless devices for medical, instrumentation, military and industrial applications.

* Efficiency greater than 90 percent, due to RRC’s ability to achieve efficiencies in active and passive modes.

* A simplified interface that makes it easier for OEMs to design RRC’s wireless power technology into a variety of formats (e.g., charging docks, cradles, pads). * Cost-efficient, digitally controlled design that helps limit part count.

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