Automotive wireless charging reference design is Qi 1.3-certified

Believed to be the first automotive wireless charging reference design to be certified by the Wireless Power Consortium for the new Qi 1.3 standard, NXP  has released the Automotive 15W Wireless Charging Transmitter reference design.

It consists of a Qi-certified board with an NXP wireless charging MWCT microcontroller, as well as optional NFC, secure element and CAN / LIN transceiver. It also features a software package with NXP’s wireless charging Qi 1.3 software library and a suite of customisable software design to make it easier for developers to bring a Qi-certified wireless charger to market.

The Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard is used by most major smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi. The Qi 1.3 standard includes new secure authentication features that verify if a smartphone or other wireless power device is Qi-certified and can reduce the wireless power transfer to lower levels if an uncertified device is detected. This ensures user safety and protects equipment from damage. It does, however, requires the addition of secure storage to the wireless power transmitter, addressed by NXP’s automotive-grade products.

Customers can use customise the wireless charging software library, based on the type of wireless charging application targeted. Design options include scaling designs from 5.0 to 15W and above with proprietary protocols, single or multi-coil chargers and across vehicles fleets.

NXP released pre-production details of the WCT-15WAUTO13 multi-coil transmitter reference platform, the first Qi 1.3-certified 15W reference design for in-vehicle wireless charging applications based on the NXP MWCT2xx3A controller IC family.

The system supports 40W power delivery to meet all customised fast charging requirements. It uses automotive-grade components and other automotive functions including EMC optimisation, safety features and MISRA C compliance software. It complies with the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi v1.3 specification including authentication and is certified as an MP-A13 transmitter type.

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