Power trends for 2019: Page 2 of 2

December 21, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
Power trends for 2019
Data and wireless charging will be key drivers for 2019 that will have a major impact on the world’s power and energy footprint says Jim Witham, CEO of GaN Systems
up so we will see more and more edge computing as there are more sensors and users, EVs and AVs talking to the network. With 5G we will see the huge increase in bandwidth will only increase that and the proportion of edge will increase.”

Wireless charging will also be a key driver in 2019. “We are going to see an inflexion point in wireless charging and I think that will happen in 2019,” said Witham. “15 or 20 years ago voice, data and power were all wired. The everyone cut the cord on voice, and then cut the ethernet cable with WiFi and we will see the same things in power. The guys doing phone and laptop chargers are already going wireless but in the last year industrial customers have been using the higher powers.”

“We have a 300W reference design from Mouser to move their design along so we are seeing an explosion of applications in industrial where things don’t have to be plugged in to be recharged, recharging in a the box or a robot driving up to a wireless charger, and I think 2019 will show more and more of that. I don’t think people realise the amount of activity out there,” he said.



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