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Cutting the (power) cord Drones programmed to land on charging pads when low on power. Charging plates in roads that connect to moving electric vehicles. These futuristic possibilities could become a reality thanks to made-in-Kanata technology.

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Kanata North semiconductor company is working to revolutionize the nascent world of wireless charging by developing technology that would dramatically open new possibilities for electric vehicles, automated drones and even submarines. Wireless charging stations for consumer products such as phones and laptops began hitting the market several years ago. However, Kanata’s GaN Systems has designed a power transistor that is smaller, faster and more energy efficient than the technology currently in use.

Its efficiencies have enabled the Kanata North company to tackle sectors beyond consumer goods, bringing wireless charging to a range of new industries including industrial and automotive. “The only thing that was sent wirelessly in the past was information,” says Peter Di Maso, director of product line management at GaN Systems. “Now we’re sending power.”

A WIRELESS WORLD

For a society that’s long been accustomed to regularly plugging in portable electronics, wireless charging can

“IF (AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES) DON’T HAVE DRIVERS TO FUEL THEM UP, THEY WILL SIMPLY HAVE TO GET RECHARGED ON THEIR OWN.” – Barrie Kirk, executive director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence

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The Kanata Networker Winter 2019  

The Kanata Networker is a publication available in both print and online, that highlights news and events from the Kanata North business com...

The Kanata Networker Winter 2019  

The Kanata Networker is a publication available in both print and online, that highlights news and events from the Kanata North business com...

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