IDT Integrating Wireless Power and Sensors

February 11, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) today announced that it is integrating its industry-leading wireless power products with recently acquired signal conditioning technology from its ZMDI acquisition to develop new families of highly programmable semiconductors. The new devices will target several key applications, including wearables, home-automation, industrial, instrumentation and medical products.

"Many of the products that use sensing would also benefit from the ease of use that wireless power delivers," said Sailesh Chittipeddi, IDT's chief technology officer and vice president of Global Operations. "For several sensing applications that have a finite ability to retain a charge and either need replacement batteries or wired charging schemes, the ability to combine wireless charging with sensing opens the option to a wide array of applications, from implantable devices to home automation, wearables, industrial and instrumentation devices."

Both technologies share a common 32-bit embedded microcontroller core which can be used to program both the wireless power circuitry as well as the high-precision analog front-end circuits used in signal conditioning applications. This provides a significant level of differentiation and flexibility compared with products that currently exist in the marketplace. In addition to bringing greater flexibility, the integration can potentially lower bill of materials for development of these applications while shrinking the footprint.