IDT and Digi-Key set up contest around Wirelessly Powered Devices

November 06, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Seeking submissions that use IDT's Wireless Power Reference Kits, Integrated Device Technology, and distributor Digi-Key Electronics have created a contest that seeks the most innovative use of IDT's wireless power technology.

The contest asks electronics experts and tinkerers alike to sugest creative ways to incorporate wireless charging capabilities into products by using IDT's 5W kits. The theme of the contest is, “Power Without Boundaries.”

Judges will be looking for designs that demonstrate the advantages wireless charging systems offer, such as convenience, the ability to develop a waterproof charging system, or the elimination of failure-prone charging contacts. The winner of the global competition will receive a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 edge+, plus a Gear S2 Smart Watch; second and third place winners also will receive Samsung products featuring wireless charging enabled by IDT chips.

The contest will be hosted by the hardware creation community, Contest details can be found, and submissions entered, at

The deadline for submitting designs is Dec. 31, and the winners will be announced Feb. 15, 2016.

“IDT's wireless power kits simplify integrating wireless charging capabilities into an existing design?, so much so that even engineers without specific power design expertise can create a functioning prototype within hours,” said David Sandys, Digi-Key director of Technical and Strategic Marketing.

With plug-and-play ease of integration, the Qi-compliant transmitter and receiver reference kits are built around IDT wireless power semiconductors, and include reference boards and comprehensive design support collateral. Support materials include instructional videos, user manuals, foreign object detection (FOD) tuning guides, layout guides, layout instantiation modules, schematics, bill-of-materials (BOM), and Gerber files.

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