Samsonite Selects IDT as Exclusive IC Provider for its First Generation of Products Enabling Wireless Charging
IDT Transmitter Chips to be Embedded into Samsonite New Business Collections, Providing Consumers the Ease of Use Delivered by Wireless Charging
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 7, 2016— Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT®) (NASDAQ: IDTI) announced that Samsonite has selected IDT as exclusive IC provider for its first generation of products featuring wireless charging. A global leader in travel bags, luggage and accessories, Samsonite selected IDT’s P9038 wireless power transmitter to enable wireless charging in two new business collections, EnerQI and Lady Tech. Samsonite plans to introduce the products in Europe in the first quarter of 2017, followed by global availability.
The IDT chips will be integrated into power banks built into the Samsonite products. The P9038 is a Qi-compliant wireless power transmitter IC available in a compact package.
“When you’re on the move, whether for business or leisure, staying connected is essential, so access to power is crucial,” said Gianpaolo Sala, general manager of Samsonite’s Business and Accessories Division Europe. “That’s why Samsonite teamed with IDT to provide this technology in our bags and luggage.
“Samsonite has built its reputation on delivering quality,” Sala added, “so when we decided to pursue wireless power capabilities, IDT was the natural choice as exclusive supplier. IDT has a proven track record of success with wireless power, and we are excited to offer this practical feature in these new products.”
“Wireless power is rapidly expanding into a broad range of markets beyond smartphones and their accessories,” said Chris Stephens, general manager of IDT’s Wireless Power Division. “While smartphones represented the first wave of adoption, IDT wireless power chips currently are embedded in wearables, furniture, remote control devices, and now Samsonite business bags . There is real evidence that wireless power has crossed the chasm of early adoption into a mass market of applications supporting the smartphone infrastructure.”
IDT’s magnetic induction devices have been deployed in more than 100 million products. IDT has also introduced wireless power reference kits, providing an easy path for engineers without wireless power expertise to integrate the capabilities into designs.
IDT is a leader in wireless power transmitter and receiver solutions for wireless charger applications, addressing all major standards and technologies with an extensive portfolio of standards-certified products. IDT has proven expertise in both magnetic induction and magnetic resonance technologies, and actively participates in the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and AirFuel Alliance as a board member. IDT has introduced a number of innovative and award-winning products, including the first true single-chip transmitter, the highest-output-power single chip receiver, and the first dual-mode receiver IC compatible with both WPC and PMA (now AirFuel Alliance) standards. Prominent industry players have recognized this leadership and partnered with IDT as their silicon vendor for next-generation wireless power solutions.
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. develops system-level solutions that optimize its customers’ applications. IDT’s market-leading products in RF, timing, wireless power transfer, serial switching, interfaces, automotive ASICs, battery management ICs, sensor signal conditioner ICs and environmental sensors are among the company’s broad array of complete mixed-signal solutions for the communications, computing, consumer, automotive and industrial segments. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., IDT has design, manufacturing, sales facilities and distribution partners throughout the world. IDT stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market® under the symbol “IDTI.” Additional information about IDT can be found at www.IDT.com. Follow IDT on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Google+.
Founded in 1910, Samsonite is the world’s leading luggage brand with an extensive legacy in trendsetting travel solutions. Renowned for breakthrough research, development and its commitment to innovation, Samsonite has since its inception excelled in a number of industry firsts, including the exclusive use of the revolutionary Curv® material in the luggage arena. Samsonite offers an extensive range of travel, business, kids, casual and personal accessory products to help travellers journey further, with ever lighter and stronger products. www.samsonite.com
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