Semtech delivers public wireless charging with LinkCharge CT

October 31, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
The LinkCharge-CT concept is framed to help accelerate wireless charging adoption by public enterprises and venues, as the only device with dual mode standards compliance and compatibility with faster charging phones.

Semtech now has LinkCharge CT (countertop), an out-of-box-ready infrastructure wireless charging system for use in public, enterprise and consumer settings ― almost anywhere that most wirelessly charging, standards-compliant mobile phones and tablets are used and need to be charged. LinkCharge CT is the only 15W medium power system that is currently compliant with the two major wireless charging industry standards, Wireless Power Consortium and AirFuel Alliance, and it is compatible with faster charging phones, allowing the broadest number of devices to quickly and wirelessly restore battery power. LinkCharge CT is sold through Semtech’s distribution channels.

The medium power (15-W output) wireless charging system can be mounted underneath the surface of existing furniture, counter tops, desks or other non-metallic surfaces. It does not require a hole to be drilled from the top of the surface, thereby, preserving the surface/furnishing aesthetics. The wireless charging signal can penetrate up to 10mm of material to transmit power between the charger and the receiver.

The LinkCharge CT (DMTX-19V15W-EZ-SYS) is priced at $54 each for 1,000-unit volumes.

“McDonald’s, Starbucks, Marriott and Hilton already offer wireless charging in some locations, and further penetration of the technology in more public areas will intensify growth in the public infrastructure segment of the market,” said David Green, Research Manager for Wireless Power at IHS Technology. “In fact, the one-millionth public infrastructure transmitter is forecast to ship this year and the market is expected to more than triple in the next two years, as adoption of receivers into mobile phones and laptops takes hold, driving growth in supporting infrastructure.”