Concept: Israel’s wireless power solutions company Powermat has rolled out a wireless power solution named Powermat PMT 100 Wireless Power Solution to provide wireless charging for small medical, lifestyle, and smart home IoT devices. The company claims that Powermat PMT 100 enables a small form factor and reduces wireless implementation costs by up to 50% thereby enhancing the user experience of IoT devices.
Nature of Disruption: Powermat PMT 100 includes no receiver microcontroller and has minimal peripheral components which help to support the design and development of smaller and discreet portable products. It leverages Powermat Smart Inductive Technology based on magnetic induction and offers a hybrid solution between inductive wireless charging and resonance. The solution boasts to produce more power, offers more freedom of positioning, enables longer ranges between wireless power transmitters and receivers, and has lower implementation costs. The new wireless charging solution has a max receiver output of 40W and a max current output of 2A. It provides various benefits including small PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly), enabling product miniaturization, easy drop and charge solutions for increased misalignment and angular device placement, and Foreign Object Detection (FOD). It supports both the Litz wire coil and PCB (printed circuit board) coil.
Outlook: The demand for smaller IoT devices for applications including smart mobility, autonomous robotics, industrial drones, medical devices, and telecom is increasing across the globe. Powermat claims that Powermat PMT 100 enables the design of smaller IoT devices as it has an extremely small form factor and excludes complex product architecture. In December 2021, Powermat raised $25 million in a Series B funding round led co-led by Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) and Hudson Sustainable Group. The company aims to use the funding to increase its growth and penetration in key customer segments including automotive, micro-mobility, and autonomous robotics.